Updated 1-23-08 9:35 p.m. - I just saw over at CNN that the grand jury will be meeting on Thursday to consider what charges to file against Cesar Laurean for murdering Maria Lauterbach and burying her burned body in his back yard.
The 18 member grand jury is being called back for a special session tomorrow at 9 a.m. by Onslow County prosecutor Dewey Hudson. Other than murder, he wouldn't specify what other charges might be on the table.
There will be an 11 a.m. news conference following the special session to announce the grand jury's decision.
NCIS released a statement this afternoon saying that the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Deleware had conducted another autopsy and the information would be released by the Onslow County Sheriff's Office. Thus far they have not received it and the prosecutor is trying to get the results.
Law enforcement officials have confirmed now that Laurean traveled by bus to Mexico. He rode a bus form North Carolina to Houston, Texas where he caught another bus to San Luis Potosi Mexico, most likely arriving there on the Sunday after he fled.
Reports are out that the cousin of Cesar Laurean, the man sought in the brutal slaying of a pregnant marine in December, saw the man near Guadalajara Mexico a week ago. According to CNN, Juan Michael Ramirez had Laurean visit him in his liquor store in Zapopan and has told authorities that he did not know they were seeking him on murder charges. So much for the Mexican authorities cooperating.
Laurean told Ramirez that he was just passing through and was in the area with some buddies for a few days.
Since Laurean is in Mexico, Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson will be taking the death penalty off the table if Cesar Laurean is captured there.. As has been reported on TV and all over the Internet, Mexico is a very strong opponent of the death penalty and the chances of having Mexico extradite him would be pretty slim if he were looking at death.
The FBI plans to distribute matchbooks of business cards with Cesar Laurean's picture in Mexico. His wanted poster is now on the FBI's Most Wanted list with a $25,000 reward.