OPELIKA, Ala. -- Jury selection will stretch into Thursday for the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing an Auburn University student from Georgia.
Defense and prosecuting attorneys in Opelika spent a third day Wednesday questioning potential jurors individually and in small groups on what they had heard about the charges against Courtney Lockhart and their feelings about capital punishment. There are still several more to be questioned. Circuit Judge Jacob Walker said the process will continue on Veterans Day.
Lockhart, 26, is accused of kidnapping and shooting an 18-year-old freshman, Lauren Burk of Marietta, Ga., on March 4, 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 Lockhart confessed after his arrest.
Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III has told potential jurors to expect a two-week trial.