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Judge moves back ex-NC Marine's murder trial

Monday, April 12, 2010
Laurean is wanted in connection to the rape and murder of a fellow Marine and her unborn baby.

Laurean is wanted in connection to the rape and murder of a fellow Marine and her unborn baby.

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday to push back Cesar Laurean's trial six weeks. He will now stand trial on Aug. 9.

Defense attorney Dick McNeil filed a motion in March seeking an 89-day extension, saying a knee injury prevented him from preparing Laurean's case.

Laurean is charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio. He fled to Mexico before her charred remains were found buried in his backyard in Jacksonville in January 2008. He was arrested in April 2008 and extradited to North Carolina last year.

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