Gag order issued in Laurean case

An Onslow County judge has issued a gag order in the Cesar Laurean case, according to court documents made public Thursday.

Prosecutors, law enforcement officials and Laurean's defense attorney are not to release any information -- such as Laurean's background, the results of any tests or nature of any physical evidence, or opinions about his guilt or innocence -- that would prejudice a trial, according to the order signed by Senior Resident Onslow County Superior Court Judge Charles Henry.

Laurean, 22 -- a Camp Lejeune Marine corporal -- is charged with first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of 20-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, a pregnant colleague who had accused him of rape.

Laurean's next scheduled court appearance is May 18, when, Laurean's defense attorney Dick McNeil said, his client will enter a plea of not guilty.

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