Laurean Transferred To Wayne County For Trial

The murder trial of former Camp Lejeune Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean is set to start Monday in Wayne County.

Laurean was transferred to Wayne County Friday morning.

Authorities released a new mug shot of Laurean.

Residents in Laurean's former neighborhood in Onslow County say the trial couldn't have come soon enough.

We spoke to several former neighbors of Laurean and his wife Christina on Meadow Trail in Onslow County.

We even knocked on the door where he used to live. There was no answer but it appears someone is living at the home.

Many we spoke with said they are happy the trial is finally here and can't wait until it is over.

The murder of Maria Lauterbach and her unborn son Gabriel in January 2008 sparked national media attention that spilled over into the neighborhood.

Cesar Laurean was caught months later in April 2008 in Mexico.

Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty as part of the United States and Mexico's extradition agreement.

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One week from Monday, the high profile murder trial of former Marine Cesar Laurean is scheduled to get underway.

The trial has been moved from Onslow County to Wayne County following a petition from Laurean's attorney.

Laurean is accused of killing pregnant colleague Maria Lauterbach in December 2007. Lauterbach's body was discovered buried in Laurean's back yard a few weeks later.

Laurean was caught in April of 2008 after taking off and going to Mexico.

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