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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Will Proceed Against Former Marine

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by , 09-01-2012 at 06:38 AM (1138 Views)
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Maria Lauterback in Onslow County against Cesar Laurean and his former wife, will proceed after being delayed last year over appeals concerns.

Laurean Convicted of Murder

In 2010, a jury convicted Laurean of murder for which he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. In December 2007, Laurean bludgeoned Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterback to death with a crowbar, while she was eight months pregnant. Laurean then buried her charred body in the yard of his off-base home. Lauterback’s remains were found in January 2011, about the same time Laurean fled to Mexico. He was found and arrested three months later.

Laurean had appealed the conviction saying his constitutional rights had been violated because the judge in the case would not allow the jury to consider second-degree murder as a potential verdict. The Court of Appeals upheld the conviction in May.

In court documents, Lauterback allegedly told her stepmother Mary that “a senior officer…had raped her that the investigation had gone sour,” MSNBC reported. The wrongful death lawsuit claims Laurean’s wife aided and abetted him while he was running from the police, and seeks more than $10,000. The trial is set for next June, Triangle News 14 reports.