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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.

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