The capital murder case against Courtney Lockhart is in recess until 8:30 a.m. CST Monday.
Jurors heard from several witnesses on Friday - the same day they were impaneled after four full days of jury selection.
After jury selection, jurors heard opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys. According to District Attorney Nick Abbett, Lauren Burk, the 18-year-old Auburn student killed on March 4, 2008, leaped from a moving car in an attempt to escape from her kidnapper, prosecutors claimed in opening statements of the capital murder trial.
Attorneys for Courtney Lockhart, however, said that prosecutors must prove intent, and that Lockhart didn't intend to kill Burk.
Lockhart, 26, could face the death penalty if convicted of Burk's death. Jurors were seated in his case Friday morning and heard about the night she was abducted as she walked to her car.
Abbett told jurors that Lockhart kidnapped Burk and forced her to remove her clothes as he drove her car. It was on Ala. 147 between Lee Road 72 and U.S. 280 that she realized her abductor would kill her, the prosecutor said.
“She made a heroic effort to save her own life,” Abbett said. “She jumped out of that moving vehicle, nude, and in the process, the defendant shot her.”
Struck in both lungs by the bullet, Burk waved down passing motorists, Abbett said. A couple testified this morning that they spotted Burk and turned around in an attempt to help. When they found her, she was lying face up in the road.
Lockhart was arrested days later. Police said he confessed after his arrest.
Abbett said he has about 50 witnesses to present and that should take through Wednesday. Defense attorneys said they should finish by Nov. 19.