Prosecutor: AU student shot while trying to escape

Associated Press - November 12, 2010 1:34 PM ET

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A defense attorney says a man accused of kidnapping and killing Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk did not intend to kill her, but a prosecutor says she was fatally shot while trying to jump out of a car.

In opening statements Friday, District Attorney Nick Abbett told jurors the Auburn student from Georgia was shot through the lungs by Courtney Lockhart when she jumped out of a moving car to try to escape.

Defense attorney Joel Collins said evidence will show Lockhart did not intend to kill Burk, but he didn't explain why.

The first witnesses in the capital murder trial were motorists who saw Burk alongside a road on March 4, 2008. They said she had road rash on her nude body. Burk's mother started crying when a witness described Burk rolling her head back and taking her last breath.

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