OPELIKA, Ala. -- Jury selection entered its second day on Tuesday for the capital murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an Auburn University student from Georgia.
Defense and prosecuting attorneys began questioning more than 130 potential jurors Monday in Opelika for the trial of Courtney Lockhart. Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III scheduled the questioning to continue all day today and wrap up Wednesday morning.
Lockhart is an Army veteran of the Iraq war. His attorneys have questioned potential witnesses about post-traumatic stress syndrome and their views about how the military treats it.
Lockhart is accused of killing an 18-year-old freshman, Lauren Burk, of Marietta, Ga., in 2008. Burk was found lying in the roadway of Ala. 147 between Lee Road 72 and U.S. 280 with a gunshot wound. She died at the East Alabama Medical Center and police later found her black 2001 Honda Civic burning in an Auburn parking lot.
Police said Lockhart had a pistol when he forced Burk into her car, made her drive around and disrobe before shooting her.
Lockhart, of Smiths Station, Ala., was arrested days later. Police say the 26-year-old defendant confessed after his arrest.
The judge has set aside two weeks for the trial.