Saturday, March 8, 2008

Courtney Lockhart, 22, Charged in the Capital Murder in Death of Auburn Freshman Lauren Burk

Courtney Lockhart, 22, Charged in the Capital Murder in Death of Auburn Freshman Lauren Burk

It was reported last night that authorities had made an arrest in the senseless murder of 18 year old Auburn freshman Lauren Burk. Lauren Burk was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the side of a road near campus Tuesday night. She died later a hospital. Today, authorities announced that 23 year old Courtney Lockhart was arrested and has been charged with capital murder in death of Auburn freshman Lauren Burk.

We have consistently posed the question … why are these people allowed to walk among us? Why does it take career scum bags and thugs to kill before we take their actions serious? The end result is the senseless death of Lauren Burk, a life taken far too soon.

Courtney Lockhart

(Courtney Lockhardt arrested)

We have the right individual in jail,” said Tommy Dawson, assistant chief of Auburn police department. “I’m 100 percent sure of that.” Kudos to law enforcement on their diligence and speed to apprehend this menace to society. Let’s hope their is a needle in his future.

Specifically Lockhart is charged with capital murder during a kidnapping; capital murder during a robbery; and capital murder during an attempted rape, according to a police statement.

Lockhart was arrested in Phenix City Friday after a high-speed chase. Lauren_burk_carfireAccording to WRBL News 3, Lockhart admitted to investigators that he committed at least five armed robberies in the area in recent weeks.

In addition, Lockhart is wanted in connection with an attempted carjacking and armed robbery in Newnan, Ga., Friday morning, the Newnan Times-Herald reported today.

He faces charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, the Times-Herald reported.

Auburn Police Announce Arrest in Student Murder Case

Man charged in killing of Auburn University student Lauren Burk

Auburn police officials have announced that a 23-year-old arrested in Phenix City faces three capital murder charges in the death of Auburn University student Lauren Burk.

The man, Courtney Lockhart of Smiths Station, was arrested in Phenix City on Friday after a traffic stop.

He had been sought in a string of other crimes.

Police have determined that Burk was abducted from the Auburn campus as a random victim while she was getting into her car Tuesday night, a police official said Friday night.