Man Charged with Murdering Auburn Student Wants Trial Moved

By: AP
By: AP

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for a man accused of killing an Auburn University student from Georgia have tried again to get his capital murder trial moved away from the university.

Before jury selection began Monday morning in Opelika, attorneys
for Courtney Lockhart asked Circuit Judge Jacob Walker to move the
trial because of weekend news coverage.

The judge declined for the second time. His previous decision not to move the trial was upheld by the state appeals courts.

Lockhart is accused of killing an 18-year-old Auburn freshman,
Lauren Burk of Marietta, Ga., in 2008.

She was abducted in her own car, shot and dumped along a roadway.

Then her car was driven back to campus and set afire.

Police say the 26-year-old defendant confessed after his arrest.


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