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Lockhart charged in LaGrange robbery

The Smiths Station man facing capital murder charges in the death of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk of Marietta now faces additional charges in LaGrange stemming from a March 5 armed robbery.

Courtney Larrell Lockhart, 23, of 2013 Lee Road 249, Smiths Station, who was arrested March 7 by Phenix City Police, was charged Wednesday with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possessing a firearm during commission of a crime in connection with a robbery that occurred at 7:45 p.m. at 200 Medical Center Drive, according to LaGrange Police.

Cinda Morrow, 48, of Valley, Ala., said she was robbed by a lone gunman that night.

During an interview with Lockhart, Phenix City detectives obtained information about the robbery that Lockhart said he committed March 5 in the LaGrange area, police reported. Phenix City detectives contacted LaGrange detectives and forwarded information they had obtained during the interview.

During their investigation, LaGrange detectives verified that Lockhart was in possession of two cellular phones stolen from the victim in the hospital case. He also had a small handgun similar to one reportedly used in the LaGrange robbery. The victim has since identified Lockhart as the person who robbed her at gunpoint.

LaGrange detectives obtained warrants on the three charges and expect the warrants will be served when charges in other jurisdictions have been disposed of, police said.

Lockhart also faces charges in Russell County and in Newnan.

He is charged with capital murder during a kidnapping, capital murder during a robbery and capital robbery during an attempted rape in the shooting death of the 18-year-old Auburn student on March 4.

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