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Thu April 16, 2009
Mexico Could Send Marine Back to U.S. Soon
By Catherine M. Welch
Wilmington, NC – Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson says he expects the U.S. Attorney's Office will dismiss federal charges against the Marine accused of killing a pregnant colleague.
The Marine could be back on U.S. soil in the next few days. Corporal Cesar Laurean is facing first degree murder charges for the death of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, whose burned remains were discovered in Laurean's backyard.
Lauren has spent the past year in a Mexican jail. Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson says Laurean has run out of appeals and could soon find himself in a Houston court room.
"It's my understanding that the US Attorney's will dismiss the federal charges, at that time it will be the state of Texas that will assume jurisdiction of Cesar Laurean."
Hudson says in Houston, Laurean can either waive extradition to North Carolina or fight it. If it fights extradiction, Hudson says that could add an extra four weeks until Laurean arrives in Onslow County.
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