The defense for accused killer Courtney Lockhart said today it has filed a petition with the Alabama Supreme Court appealing a lower court’s earlier denial of a change of venue for Lockhart’s capital murder trial.
Lockhart is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of Lauren Burk, an 18-year-old Auburn University freshman found lying along a state highway with a gunshot wound in March 2008.
Burk of Marietta, Ga., had a gunshot wound when she was found lying in the roadway of Ala. 147 between Lee Road 72 and U.S. 280. She died at the East Alabama Medical Center. Police later found her black 2001 Honda Civic burning in Auburn’s Hinton Field parking lot.
Authorities said Lockhart, who was 23 at the time, had a handgun when he forced Burk into her car, made her drive around and disrobe, then robbed her, shot her and left her to die.
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