Maria Lauterbach case: Marine 'spoke with lawyer'
Another development in the story of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, whose charred remains were found in Jacksonville, NC. She was eight months pregnant when she died.
The Marine accused of beating a pregnant Corps co-worker to death in December consulted an attorney the day before he vanished last week, a police affidavit shows.
Cpl. Cesar Laurean is accused of beating Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach to death and burying her corpse in a fire pit in his back yard. Lauterbach had earlier accused Laurean of rape.
Lauterbach was reported missing on December 19. Authorities say she was killed around December 15.
The affidavit accompanied a warrant to search Western Union records.
Authorities said in the affidavit that Laurean and his wife, Christina, received a transfer of money between December 10 and January 12. It gave no further details.
Laurean, who remains a fugitive, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing. The FBI has said it is likely that Laurean, a 21-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, has fled to his native country of Mexico.