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The Death of Laura Burk

Auburn University Freshman Shot to Death


Lauren Burk

Lauren Burk

Auburn University
On March 4, 2008, Lauren Burk's nude body was found along side a rural road about four miles from Auburn University where she was a freshman. She had been shot in the back. Her car was found burning in a parking lot back on campus. A $10,000 reward was issued in the case of the 18-year-old from Marietta, Georgia.

Current Developments

Courtney Lochart Gets Death Penalty
Mar. 2, 2011
A man who abducted an Auburn University freshman and gunpoint, shot her and left her body beside a rural road has been sentenced to die by lethal injection. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker ignored an unanimous vote by the jury and sentenced Courtney Lockhart to death.

Previous Developments

Sentence Uncertain in Auburn Murder Case
Nov. 17, 2010
Although a jury voted unanimously to sentence an Iraq veteran to life without parole for the kidnapping and murder of an Auburn University freshman, the death penalty could still be imposed, under Alabama law. Courtney Lockhart, 26, was convicted in November of the shooting death of 18-year-old Lauren Burk of Marietta, Georgia.

Suspect Charged in Auburn Student's Death
March 8, 2008
A 23-year-old Alabama man has been arrested after a brief car and foot chase and charged with the murder, robbery and attempted rape of Lauren Burk, a freshman at Auburn University. Courtney Lockhart was arrested in Phenix City, about 30 miles from the Auburn campus.

Auburn Student Shot, Car Torched
March 6, 2008
An 18-year-old Auburn University student was found shot on a highway near the school about 20 minutes before her car was found on fire in a campus parking lot. A $10,000 reward has been offered for information about the killer of Lauren Burk, a graduate of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia.

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