Suspect Charged in Auburn Killing

NASA-enhanced photo helps police nab man in Alabama
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 2:18 PM CST
Phenix City Police escort Courtney Lockhart, 23, left, of Smiths Station, to a car to be transported to the Russell County Jail Friday night, March 7, 2008 in Phenix City, Ala. Lockhart has been charged...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A man has been arrested and charged with killing 18-year-old Auburn University student Lauren Burk, thanks to a photo enhanced with help from NASA, the AP reports. Police arrested Courtney Lockhart, 23, in Phenix City, Ala., after a car and foot chase. He was initially sought as a suspect in a string of robberies. Police did not say where they got the photo, but it may have come from a gas station camera, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Police haven’t found a link between Lockhart and Burk. “I don’t believe he targeted her that long,” said Auburn’s assistant police chief, adding, “We have the right individual in jail, I’m 100% sure of that.” The case continues to be a strange mirror of a similar student murder at UNC. Detectives in that case are searching for a man photographed using the victim’s ATM card.