Authorities Arrest Suspect in Auburn Murder Case

Auburn, Al. (WSFA) -- Courtney L. Lockhart will appear in court for the first time Monday after being arrested in the murder of 18-year old Auburn University freshman, Lauren Burk.

Auburn Police made the announcement during a news conference on Saturday morning.

Phenix City Police 23-year old Lockhart of Smiths, Alabama Friday afternoon. He was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop.

Lockhart is charged with capital murder during a kidnapping, capital murder during a robbery and capital murder during an attempted rape.  He will make his first court appearance on Monday.

Auburn Police tell WSFA 12 News that task force members developed Lockhart as a suspect and were attempting to establish his identity when Phenix City Police took him into custody.

Police say they had a photograph of Lockart and knew he was their suspect, but were trying to establish his identity.  Officials also knew the area where Lockhart was and did not believe other Auburn University students or the community were in any danger.

Other details are being withheld until Lockhart's trial.

Auburn Assistant Police Chief Tommy Dawson says a  lot of work remains in the case and with that in mind, many of the details will continue to be closely safeguarded.