Arrest made in killing of Auburn student

March 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Police arrested a man and charged him with capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student, officials announced Saturday. Courtney Lockhart, 23, was arrested in Phenix City on Friday and charged in the killing of Lauren Burk, an 18-year-old freshman from Marietta, Ga., said Auburn Assistant Police Chief Thomas Dawson.

Lockhart was arrested by Phenix City police at a traffic stop and later charged with three capital counts accusing him of murder along with kidnapping, robbery and attempted rape, Dawson said.

Burk was found shot on the side of a road about 5 miles from campus Tuesday night. She died later a hospital. Her car was found that night burning in a campus parking lot.

The charges indicate Burk was abducted at random, but it was not immediately clear where she was attacked or when she was shot.

Forensic reports found that Burk had not been sexually assaulted, Auburn police said.

Burk was arrested in Phenix City on robbery charges, apparently unrelated to the Burk case, and held in the Russell County Jail on $250,000 bond.


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