NC prosecutor: Marine killed to protect career

GOLDSBORO, N.C. - NORTH CAROLINA (AP) - A North Carolina jury is hearing from prosecution and defense attorneys summing up the evidence in the murder trial of an ex-Marine charged with killing a pregnant Camp Lejeune colleague.

Prosecutor Ernie Lee told jurors Monday in Goldsboro that 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas had what one witness said was consensual sex with the victim, then saw his military career stalled when she became pregnant and accused him of rape.

Laurean is accused of the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, OH.

The rape allegation was never substantiated and DNA tests showed Laurean was not the father of Lauterbach's fetus. But Lee says Laurean didn't know that and killed to eliminate his problem.

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