make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Fugitive Marine indicted, death penalty waived

READ MORE: Fugitive Marine indicted, death penalty waived
ONSLOW COUNTY -- Fugitive Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach -- but prosecutors say they reluctantly agreed not seek the death penalty if he is arrested in Mexico. Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said, "I was informed that Mexico would not arrest or allow extradition of Mr. Laurean to the US unless they were assured that they death penalty would not be imposed." Just before a national manhunt was launched to capture him Laurean took a bus from Raleigh-Durham and headed for Houston, Texas. From Houston, sources say Laurean rode a bus to central Mexico. FBI special agent Richard Kolko said, "At this point there are many leads pointing to him being in Mexico." In fact, Laurean's cousin says he saw the fugitive Marine at this liquor store in Guadalajara last week. Lauterbach had once accused Laurean of rape. She was pregnant when she went missing in mid-December. Her body later found buried behind Laurean's home. According to the indictment Laurean forced her to take out money from her bank account December 14 -- the same day authorities believe he killed her. Because Lauterbach's child had not been born at the time of her death prosecutors can only charge Laurean with one count of murder. He's also charged with armed robbery.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Something I don't quit

Something I don't quit understand about this whole thing....a warrant was issued for the marines before he made it to Mexico, so how did he get across the border? Everyone knew he was going to Mexico and you would think that the border police would have been ready for him

take a guess

Well we all know how well the border patrol keeps the mexicans out of the U.S. No big mystery there, just go somewhere in Texas and drive across.

strategy

Why don't the Marine Corps just take custody of the guy after the dude makes it back to the U.S. after a no capital punishment hearing for his murder of this girl and just starve him to death. I wouldn't cry, he might, we know she didn't. The Marines can take him after he is back, even after an agreement with Mexico, hmm.. did you realize that the U.S. is still under the threats of war and the war acts still are in process? Desertion in wartime is a punishable crime by death. The future of this guy might be good, actually much less than good. He is still in the Jacksonville area, letting his hair grow out, waiting to leave. His cousin in Mexico seeing him was just a ruse, so was the ID's at the bus station. and the other stuff...? He is going to take a slow boat home, and the Marine Corps ain't going to know jack crap about it. He is well trained. He has made to many moves broadcasting that fact that he is anywhere than where they think he originally was. Check back with me on that,

marine

Why doesn't the marine corp just send someone into Mexico and capture him and bring him back to face the death penalty if convicted,is'nt he still active and wouldn't that make him awol?

Makes ya wonder

I was thinking the same thing. He is property of the US government. The military police should go "retrieve" him from guadalahardee's or where ever he is now and turn him over to Onslow County. Let him face the music then.

Forget retrieving him...send

Forget retrieving him...send someone in there to kill him