Marine Murder Suspect: I Loved Her

Fugitive nabbed in Mexico in pregnant corporal's killing
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 11, 2008 4:10 AM CDT
Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean in handcuffs in Mexico after a three-month manhunt.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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(Newser) – The fugitive Marine finally busted in Mexico yesterday in the grisly murder of a pregnant colleague told a reporter who asked whether he killed her: "I loved her." Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean of Camp Lejeune was captured after a three-month manhunt, reports CNN. He went on the lam when investigators found the charred body of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who had accused Laurean of rape.

Lauterbach, 20, was eight months pregnant. Laurean initially insisted she had cut her own throat and produced a suicide note. Laurean, told police yesterday he has been living on fruit and sleeping in fields in his native Mexico. Asked what he would do next, he replied: “Do I have a choice? I don’t know.” He now faces an extradition hearing.