Wednesday, May 14 2008 2:38 PM EDT2008-05-14 18:38:13 GMT
Auburn, Al. (WSFA) -- The family of murdered Auburn University student Lauren Burk has set up a bank account to fund a reward in the death of their daughter. Donations can be made at any Wachovia BankMore >>
Tuesday, March 11 2008 2:58 PM EDT2008-03-11 18:58:17 GMT
Wal-Mart surveillance video catches the license plate number of Lockhart's car. He was arrested a short time later in Phenix City.
Newnan, Georgia -- Courtney Lockhart, the man who confessed to the killing of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk, has been linked to yet another crime. Newnan, Georgia police were looking for LockhartMore >>
Monday, March 10 2008 2:53 PM EDT2008-03-10 18:53:34 GMT
Auburn, Al. (WTVM) -- Police arrested 23-year old Courtney Lockhart over the weekend in connection with the murder of Auburn University student Lauren Burk.
But investigators believe he also held-up aMore >>
Friday, March 7 2008 3:50 PM EST2008-03-07 20:50:46 GMT
Auburn, Al. (WSFA) -- New information is being released in the Lauren Burk murder case after a news conference held Friday. A gas can possibly used to torch the Auburn freshman's car was located in theMore >>
Friday, March 7 2008 1:02 AM EST2008-03-07 06:02:38 GMT
Auburn, AL (WFSA-TV) - It's been an unimaginable few days for the city of Auburn.
Students are overwhelmed with grief, and authorities are scrambling for a suspect.
"I have over 30 investigators onMore >>
Wednesday, March 5 2008 6:37 PM EST2008-03-05 23:37:40 GMT
Mayor Bill Ham Reacts to AU Student's Death
Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn Police Division, in cooperation with State and local law enforcement, is investigating the death of Auburn University student LaurenMore >>
Wednesday, March 5 2008 5:43 PM EST2008-03-05 22:43:14 GMT
Auburn University Students:
Many of you and your parents have called, understandably concerned about a student who was found dead last night a few miles north of campus. City of Auburn Police are investigating.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2008 4:20 PM EST2008-03-05 21:20:57 GMT
Delta Gamma Fraternity statement regarding member death at Auburn University:
Delta Sigma chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity at Auburn University tragically lost one of
their members, Lauren Burk onMore >>
Wednesday, March 2 2011 12:52 PM EST2011-03-02 17:52:28 GMT
Courtney Lockhart, who killed an Auburn student in 2008, will die by lethal injection, a Lee County judge ruled Wednesday. The decision by Circuit Judge Jacob Walker came after an outburst by the killer briefly delayed the proceedings.More >>
Thursday, November 18 2010 7:54 PM EST2010-11-19 00:54:21 GMT
A jury has recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole for a former Army soldier convicted of capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student from Georgia.More >>
Thursday, November 18 2010 2:07 PM EST2010-11-18 19:07:25 GMT
OPELIKA, AL - A jury has found Courtney Lockhart guilty in the 2008 slaying of Auburn University student Lauren Burk. The jury returned its verdict a little after 1 p.m. on Thursday. The jury will goMore >>
Wednesday, April 1 2009 6:48 PM EDT2009-04-01 22:48:01 GMT
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set a March 29, 2010 trial date for Courtney L. Lockhart, who is charged in the 2008 shooting death of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk of Marietta, Ga.
Lee CountyMore >>
Burk's Father: "We appreciate what everyone is doing for us and Lauren"
Auburn, Al. (WSFA) -- A multi-agency task force is now in place to solve the Lauren Burk murder case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal's Service, Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Department of Forensics, Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office and numerous other local agencies are spearheading a round the clock effort to bring the case to a close.
James Burk, Lauren's father issued a statement saying, "The Burk family was so proud to have Lauren as an Auburn University student. We want to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Auburn University, the City of Auburn, and the Auburn Police Department. We feel very close to your community. We appreciate what everyone is doing for us and Lauren."
Police are pursuing all leads in the Burk case and ask that anyone with information contact CrimeStoppers at 888-522-7847 or the APD hotline at (334) 501-7337. Governor Bob Riley's office is also offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Funeral arrangements are also being announced. Services will be held on Sunday, March 9th at Patterson's Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia though a specific time has not yet been announced.
How it started:
The case started when police responded to a report of an injured female around 9p.m. Tuesday on North College Street. When police arrived on the scene, they found 18-year old Burk in the middle of the road suffering from a single gunshot wound. She was transported to East Alabama Medical Center where she died a short time later.
Within 30 minutes of receiving the intial call, police and firefighters were called to a car fire on Auburn's campus. Lauren's car, a black 2001 Honda Civic sitting in the Hinton Field parking lot, was fully engulfed with flames. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze and police and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences started an investigation at a second crime scene.
WSFA 12 News Intern and AU student Melissa Johnson grabbed a camera and began filming the car fire for the campus television news program, Eagle Eye News. She wasn't aware the car would eventually be connected to a murder. "It's kind of surreal," she says, "we thought it was no big deal, just kind of a car on fire, and it ended up to be such a huge tragedy here on campus."
Word quickly spread through the Auburn community and on social networking sites like Facebook where it was the talk of town all day Wednesday. National media outlets soon picked up the story as well. A tribute page to Burk was set up in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and it had several thousand group members by the end of the day.
At this time though, there are no suspects in the case. Auburn Assistant Police Chief Tommy Dawson is not talking openly about a motive or who the department has interviewed in connection with the case.
Dawson broke the news to Burk's parents late Tuesday night. He says, "...in 21 years of police work [it's] the most difficult thing I've done...I have a daughter myself and to have to break the news to a man that he's lost his daughter is something I hope I never have to do again."
In the parking lot where Lauren's car was found burning her sorority, Delta Gamma, held a vigil in her memory.
WSFA 12 News will continue to follow this story and bring you the very latest as it becomes available.
NOTICE: Auburn Police say rumors that another person has been shot ARE FALSE. NOTICE: The Auburn University Security Shuttle service hours have been extended for students needing to move across campus from 6pm to 7am when Tiger Transit is not operating. This schedule will be in effect until further notice. Students can call (334) 707-2004 or (334) 707-2005 for a ride.