Man Accused of Killing Auburn Student Pleads Not Guilty

Auburn, Al. (WSFA) -- The man accused of killing Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk plead not guilty on Wednesday to all charges against him.

Courtney Lockhart was indicted by a Grand Jury in May on four counts, three of which are related to Burk's murder. Those include Capital Murder charges during a kidnapping, during a robbery and during a rape.

Our news partner, WTVM-TV, has obtained court documents which show that Courtney Lockhart's defense attorney requested a mental evaluation to determine if their client was fit to stand trial.

In court Wednesday Lockhart's defense team asked the judge if it was ok to amend their 'not guilty' plea to 'not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect' once those mental evaluations are complete. The judge agreed.

A gag order is in place to limit pre-trial publicity, but the trial could begin by the end of June.

Lauren Burk was abducted just off Auburn University's campus on March 4, 2008.

Her car was later found burning on campus.

If Lockhart is convicted in this case, he could face death by lethal injection.