Iraq vet convicted in slaying of college student

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Posted: Nov 18, 2010 2:11 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2010 2:11 PM
Source: Associated Press

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OPELIKA, Ala. - A former Army soldier who claimed to be mentally disturbed from his tour in Iraq has been convicted of capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University student from Georgia.

Twenty-six-year-old Courtney Lockhart was convicted Thursday in the killing of 18-year-old freshman Lauren Burk of Marietta, Ga.

He could be sentenced to death or life without parole in the penalty phase, which was expected to begin soon after the conviction.

Burk was shot in the back as she attempted to jump from the car as Lockhart drove on the night of March 4, 2008. Lockhart's attorneys argued he was mentally troubled and that he didn't mean for the gun to go off.

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