March 2, 2011

Courtney Lockhart sentenced to death for murder of Auburn student Lauren Burk

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III went against a jury’s recommendation today and sentenced Courtney Lockhart to death for the murder of Auburn freshman Lauren Burk. Lockhart, 26, was convicted in November of the March 4, 2008, fatal shooting of the 18-year-old Marietta, Ga., student. Jurors found that Lockhart abducted Burk on campus, drove her around in her 2001 black Honda Civic and made her disrobe before fatally shooting her.

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