Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean was extradited to the US from Mexico today. He passed through Wilmington Friday night on his way to Onslow County where he faces murder charges in the death of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.
Flight 5101 from Atlanta landed at ILM around 7:00 Friday night. On board was Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean.
Authorities in a tinted van, waiting to take Laurean to the Onslow County jail, greeted the plane.
“He was the first one off and didn’t even notice it. So he was just any old prisoner as far as we knew,” said passenger Mike Adams.
Laurean faces charges the death of Maria Lauterbach who was eight months pregnant when her charred remains were found buried in Laurean’s Jacksonville backyard in January 2008.
By that time, he was believed to have already fled to Mexico where he was arrested and had been held since last April.
Passengers on Laurean’s flight to Wilmington say he was dressed in street clothes, handcuffed, and escorted by three agents. “Had I known who it was wouldn’t have bothered me one bit, especially with three of them on one fugitive, not a problem,” Adams said.
Authorities quickly got Laurean into the van that left ILM and headed north to Onslow County where murder charges await him.
Laurean was booked into the Onslow County Jail around 9:00 Friday night.
Along with murder charges, he also faces charges of financial card transaction fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses. He’s being held without bond and will have his first court appearance on Monday.
Cesar Laurean is one of eighteen individuals charged with murder awaiting trial in Onslow County. The Onslow County Sheriff maintains that Cesar Laurean and his family will receive the same professional treatment by the Onslow County Sheriff/Jail staff as that given to all the other inmates and their families, with no exception.