- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A judge has denied a request from a man serving a life sentence for killing a fellow Marine when she was almost 8 months pregnant, rejecting the argument that his defense attorney was ineffective.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported (https://bit.ly/18Uig6O) reports that Cesar Laurean sought a motion for appropriate relief, saying his attorney wrongly advised him not to testify at trial. He says he would have testified that he killed Maria Lauterbach in 2007 but that the killing wasn’t premeditated.

Laurean says the trial judge would have allowed jurors to consider a charge of second-degree murder, which carries a lesser penalty than first-degree murder.

Onslow County Superior Court Judge Charles Henry last week denied the motion, saying Laurean’s attorney was competent and effective.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.jdnews.com


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