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College student savagely murdered.


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Lockhart faces charges of capital murder during a kidnapping, capital murder during a robbery and capital murder during an attempted rape, police said.

Also, Lockhart is facing robbery charges in the Phenix City, Alabama, area, said William Clanton of the Phenix City Police Department.

Clanton did not know how many robberies Lockhart was suspected of committing.

Lockhart is being held in the Russell County jail, but is expected to be moved to Lee County soon, where Auburn University is located, Clanton said.

Burk was found shot Tuesday night on North College Street, a few miles north of campus. She died later at a hospital. Minutes after police responded to a call reporting an injured person and found Burk, they received a report of a car — which turned out to be Burk’s — on fire in a campus parking lot.

blackmurderer.jpgAuthorities believe gasoline or another accelerant was used to ignite Burk’s car, Auburn Assistant Police Chief Tommy Dawson said Friday.

Police were investigating whether a gas can found in downtown Auburn was related to the case.

The university’s Web site said memorial services for Burk were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at a Marietta church and synagogue, and a campus-wide memorial service will be held Monday.

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