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Knee Injury to Delay Cesar Laurean Murder Trial?


~Laurean under arrest in Mexico

~Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach

Defense attorney Dick McNeil has filed a motion asking a judge to delay the June 28 trial by a minimum of 90 days.  McNeil claims he has not been able to properly prepare a defense in the complex murder case against Cesar Laurean due to a knee injury he suffered in January.

The case was moved from Onslow County to Wayne County due to publicity surrounding the murder of Marine Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child.

The judge has not set a hearing date yet, but McNeil has already said if the motion is denied, Cesar Laurean’s rights to a fair trial will be violated.

Let’s review some important dates:

– Authorities believe Maria was murdered at Laurean’s home on December 14, 2007

– Laurean flees January 11, 2008

– Maria Lauterbach’s charred remains and those of her fetus were found January 12, 2008 buried in a backyard fire pit of fellow-Marine Cesar Laurean

– April 10, 2008, Laurean is in custody in Mexico and awaiting extradition to the US

– April 11, 2008, Dick McNeil appointed by the court as Laurean’s attorney

Investigation documents were unsealed May 28, 2008

– Laurean back in Onslow County April 17, 2009

Call me cynical, but how does a knee injury prevent preparation of a case?  Can McNeil not read, write, or use a phone since injuring his knee?

And, what has he been doing since being appointed Laurean’s attorney?  Granted, McNeil did not have access to Laurean until he was returned to the U.S., but that was just about a year ago and this is not a death penalty case.

This kind of gives new meaning to, “the wheels of justice turn slowly”.

We should be hearing from DA Dewey Hudson some time today.


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  1. 03/31/2010 at 8:50 am

    the wheels of justice grind even more slowly when attorneys throw sand in them. What happens when that delay is granted? Will he ask for another year because of a paper cut?

  2. David From TN
    03/31/2010 at 10:41 am

    One of the members of O.J. Simpson’s Dream Team was Robert Blasier, who was supposedly a DNA expert. Blasier was the only one of Simpson’s attorneys in the criminal trial to take an active role in the civil trial. Blasier’s job in the civil trial was to argue that the DNA linking Simpson to the murders was unreliable.

    Blasier had an operation just before the civil trial and was in a wheelchair. This didn’t prevent him from going in and out of the courtroom and questioning witnesses.

    Best wishes for your blog!

  3. ritanita
    03/31/2010 at 11:10 am

    Why not change the term “defense” to “delay”? All the delay team has to do is toss out the term “will not get a fair trial” and they get their wish. No judge wants to go through having a verdict overturned.

    If the judge grants the additional time, I’m hoping he’ll also say the trial will go on at that time with no more delay.

    Donchais, thanks for the link to the docs.

  4. Lisanne
    03/31/2010 at 12:17 pm

    I was thinking the same thing you were! How does a knee injury prevent him preparing for the trial when there is fax, phone, computer, skype, etc techonology. Unless he’s had to go through intensive therapy every single day and is on major pain pills that wack him out, I just don’t see how he can use the knee injury excuse.

  5. donchais
    03/31/2010 at 12:26 pm

    Well, I can see we have a consensus that the knee injury is a pretty lame excuse! Whats worse, what a huge disrespect and insult to the judge.

    David, thanks for the best wishes!

    ritanita, more than welcome for the doc link!

  6. 04/03/2010 at 1:05 am

    Hmmm, my knees are aching today….I know it’s the weather making them ache, but I wonder if my bill collectors would just wait a while before being paid….I just don’t feel like writing those checks or going online to pay them. NOT!
    Psst…if you see my bill collectors don’t tell them I was here, shhhh!

  7. donchais
    04/03/2010 at 4:58 am

    LMAO, katfish!

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