Courtney Larrell Lockhart, accused of killing a freshman Auburn student March 4, was indicted Tuesday on three charges of capital murder.
The Lee County grand jury indicted Lockhart, 23, of 45 Lee Road 960 in Smiths, Ala. on three counts of capital murder in the robbery, kidnapping and the attempted rape of Burk, 18. Lee County District Attorney Nick Abbett said he expects to seek the death penalty.
"He was indicted on the same three charges he was initially charged with," Abbett said.
Court records state the Smiths man told police he robbed Burk, drove her around in her car and forced her to remove her clothes before fatally shooting her.
Burk was found lying in the roadway on Alabama 147 between Lee Road 72 and U.S. 280 on March 4. She died of a gunshot wound at the East Alabama Medical Center.
Police later found Burk's 2001 black Honda Civic on fire in the Hinton Field parking lot on Auburn's campus. Lockhart told police that after he shot Burk, he drove her car back to Auburn's campus and set it on fire, warrants state.
Lockhart was arrested by Phenix City police three days after Burk was found on the highway. Arrested during a routine traffic stop, warrants state he was found with a pistol during his arrest, which the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has linked to the shooting.
Columbus police said on the day of Lockhart's arrest he was also a suspect in the March 6 robbery of a 27-year-old woman with her 3-year-old child in the parking lot of Sam's Club, 5448-A Whittlesey Blvd. The man demanded the woman's purse at gunpoint before driving off in a silver two-door Honda or Toyota with an Alabama license plate, police said.
District Court Judge Russell Bush has issued a gag order in the case. He's also granted a motion from Lockhart's co-counsel, attorney L. Joel Collins of Phenix City, to have Lockhart evaluated psychologically to determine whether he is competent to stand trial in the capital murder case.