The next court appearance for Courtney Lockhart, accused in the slaying of Auburn University student Lauren Burk, will be closed to the public, court officials said.
Lockhart is scheduled for court on Aug. 24, where prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to discuss evidence, Lee County court officials said. No members of the public or the press will be allowed inside the courtroom for the hearing.
Lockhart, 24, of Smiths Station, Ala., is charged with capital murder during a robbery, capital murder during a kidnapping and capital murder during an attempted rape. He has pleaded not guilty.
Charged in the March 4, 2008, slaying of Burk, Lockhart could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.
Burk, 18, of Marietta, Ga., had a gunshot wound and was found lying in the roadway of Ala. 147 between Lee Road 72 and U.S. 280.She died at East Alabama Medical Center.
Police later found her black 2001 Honda Civic on fire in the Hinton Field parking lot at Auburn.
Lockhart was arrested days later.
He told police that after he shot Burk, he drove her car back to campus and set it on fire, warrants state.
His trial is scheduled for March.