Mental Evaluation Set for Man in Auburn Freshman's Slaying

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A Lee County judge has ordered a mental evaluation of the man accused of capital murder in the death of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk to decide if he understood his rights during his arrest.

In a court filing Wednesday, Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III put a hold on the case and ordered an evaluation of Courtney Lockhart's "competency to stand trial and mental state at the time
of the offense."

The 23-year-old Lockhart of Smiths Station has pleaded not guilty to three capital murder charges and a robbery charge in the March 4th shooting death of the 18-year-old Marietta, Georgia student.

A trial date has not been set.

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

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  • by Mary Location: Dothan on Jun 16, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    A mental evaluation for what? He knew EXACTLY what he was doing and what the consequences were. I guess now we will have to hear about his bad childhood or his lack of both parents or the abuse he went through. He murdered someone and got caught, he should be Executed ASAP.
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Jun 16, 2008 at 10:47 AM
    The USA ia a nation where the criminal has more rights then the victim. Another reason for the ongoing decline and rot in America. This murderer needs to be executed now. Who cares about his mental condition? Kill him now.
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