OPELIKA -- Defense attorneys for the Smiths Station, Ala., man accused of killing Auburn freshman Lauren Burk asked a Lee County judge Wednesday to recuse himself from the case. Phenix City attorney Jeremy Armstrong also asked Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III to recuse all judges in the one-county circuit. Armstrong argued that Walker’s March 10 recitation of the three capital murder charges against Courtney Larrell Lockhart could make the public think the judge is partial, adding that any ties Walker may have with Auburn University could add to that perception. Armstrong told the judge that he didn’t preface the reading of the charges with a caveat about them being merely allegations or probable cause. Part of that reading included a statement that Lockhart admitted to the slaying of Burk, 18. Lockhart, 23, faces three capital murder charges -- one for each allegation in the March 4 robbery, kidnapping and attempted rape of Burk. He also faces a fourth, unrelated charge in the robbery of a Short Stop Convenience Store.