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Testimony Concludes in Ex-Marine'S Murder Case

GOLDSBORO, N.C. —

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) The ex-Marine accused of killing a pregnant colleague stationed with him in North Carolina is declining to take the stand in his own defense.

Cesar Laurean said Thursday he decided against testifying in his first-degree murder trial. The 23-year-old is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of of Vandalia, Ohio, who served with Laurean in the same personnel unit and accused him of rape.

Laurean spoke his first words under questioning by the judge as his defense attorney said he was resting his case. Witnesses had testified for six days.

Laurean, who is from Las Vegas, is also accused of robbing Lauterbach of her bank ATM card, as well as theft and fraud for allegedly trying to use it to withdraw cash.

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