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Conference date set for Courtney Lockhart

The judge overseeing the capital murder case of a Smiths, Ala., man accused of killing Auburn freshman Lauren Burk wants an update this fall.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob A. Walker III has set the first status conference for Courtney Larrell Lockhart's case for Sept. 3. Walker said at Lockhart's June 4 arraignment that he intended to schedule a series of such conferences starting in the late summer or early fall.

Lockhart, 23, faces three capital murder charges — one for each allegation in the March 4 robbery, kidnapping and attempted rape of Burk, 18. He also faces a fourth, unrelated charge in the robbery of a Short Stop Convenience Store.

Lockhart pleaded not guilty to all the charges at his arraignment.

On June 11, Walker put a hold on the case and ordered an evaluation of Lockhart's ''competency to stand trial and mental state at the time of the offense.'' He also signed an order allowing authorities to obtain saliva samples from Lockhart.

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