Gag Order is Approved in AU Student Slaying Case

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A judge has approved a gag order in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting an Auburn University student.

Lee County District Court Judge Russell Bush issued the order to curb pretrial publicity that could influence potential jurors' views of defendant Courtney Lockhart. Bush ordered that parties involved in the case, including attorneys, witnesses and law enforcement officials may not release information about the case to the news media.

The 23-year-old Lockhart has been charged with capital murder in the March 4 death of 18-year-old Lauren Burk. The case will go to a Lee County grand jury.

The freshman from Marietta, Ga. was found March 4 on a roadside about five miles from the university and her car was found later burning in a campus parking lot. She died later that night.


Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,