Laurean's wife won't testify

GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge excused an ex-Marine's wife from testifying in his murder case. Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III granted Christina Laurean's motion to quash an order to testify Tuesday. Prosecutors had placed her on a list of witnesses they could call in the trial of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. He is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, who had earlier accused Laurean of rape.

North Carolina law bars prosecutors from forcing Christina Laurean, also a Camp Lejeune Marine, to testify against her husband.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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.