Trial date set in Lockhart capitol murder case

By Elizabeth White - bio | email

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - News Leader 9 has new details on what lies ahead for capitol murder suspect Courtney Lockhart. News Leader 9 first told you about his arrest in the 2008 murder of Auburn University student Lauren Burk. He's gone before a Lee County judge and has learned when he'll stand trial.

To control pre-trial publicity for the most talked about murder in East Alabama, Judge Jacob Walker has refused to allow our camera's inside his courtroom during Tuesday's Status Hearing for Courtney Lockhart.

Judge Walker set March 29th, 2010 as the date for the capitol murder trial. The date was set at a request from District Attorney Nick Abbett, who told the Judge he would like to notify Lauren Burke's family. Both the District Attorney's office and defense attorney's for Lockhart expect the trial could last up to two weeks.

Meanwhile, Lockhart, dressed in pink dress shirt and tie, nodded to his family as he walked into the courtroom.

At some points during the proceeding he spoke quietly with his attorney's. Lockhart is accused in the March 4th 2008 murder of student Lauren Burk. According to the arrest report, Lockhart kidnapped, attempted to rape, then shot the freshman during an apparent robbery.

A motion's hearing has been set for May 20th. We understand the defense will probably request a change of venue, that issue will be discussed August 24th.

Of course News Leader 9 will be at all of these hearings, bringing you the very latest.