New trial date set in capital murder trial of Courtney Lockhart

LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - A new trial date has been set for the man accused of killing an Auburn University freshman.  The capital murder trial for Courtney Lockhart has been set for November 15th. News Leader 9's Elizabeth White was the only reporter in the courtroom for Friday's status hearing.

The first part of the status hearing was closed to the public, with only the judge, prosecutors Lockhart and his defense team present. Then, News Leader 9's Elizabeth White was allowed to come inside for the trial date discussion.

Judge Jacob Walker tentatively set November 15th as the new date. However, there is some concern on the defenses side that trial could run into the Thanksgiving holiday. Judge Walker asked both sides come back for a status hearing in late August with a timeline on how long they think the trial is going to last. If necessary Walker said he could push the trial to November 29th.

Lockhart faces a possible death sentence for the March 2008 murder of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burke. Investigators say Lockhart kidnapped Burke outside a dorm on Auburn's campus, tried to rape her and rob her, then shot her and left her to die near Farmville Baptist church in Auburn.