Judge sets 2010 trial in AU freshman slaying

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set a March 29, 2010 trial date
for Courtney L. Lockhart, who is charged in the 2008 shooting death
of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk of Marietta, Ga.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III set
Lockhart's trial date during a court hearing Tuesday.

Lockhart, 24, of Smiths Station is charged with capital murder
during a robbery, capital murder during a kidnapping and capital
murder during an attempted rape. He has pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

The 18-year-old Burk was killed on March 4, 2008.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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