Man Pleads Not Guilty in Auburn Student's Murder

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An East Alabama man accused of killing an Auburn University freshman in March has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to three capital murder charges and a robbery charge.

23-year-old Courtney Lockhart of Smiths Station was in an Opelika, Ala., courtroom Wednesday afternoon for an arraignment.

The student, 18-year-old Lauren Burk of Marietta, Ga., was slain March 4th. Authorities allege that Lockhart abducted Burk from the Auburn campus, then robbed and shot her.

Lockhart's attorneys previously said they were preparing an insanity defense. Their client is undergoing a mental evaluation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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