According to a letter from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Lockhart is now filing for a new trial, claiming his defense attorney, Jeremy Armstrong, gave such an inadequate defense that he deserves another chance, Channel 2 reported.
Jim Burk, Lauren’s father, told the news station he’s furious that Lockhart is trying to appeal and get out of his death sentence.
Jim Burk (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)
“Oh, it’s made me sad and nervous and upset and confused altogether,” Burk said. “My goal is to make sure he gets nothing that he wants.”
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In 2011, Lockhart was sentenced to life without parole by a Lee County, Ala., jury, but the judge decided to overrule the jury and sentenced Lockhart to death.
“And for him to be able to sit in that cell every day and think about his life ending one day like my daughter’s did, it gives me some sort of comfort,” Burk told Channel 2.
Lauren Burk graduated from Walton High School in 2007 and was a member of Delta Gamma sorority at Auburn.
Lockhart’s hearing will be Dec. 17 in Alabama.
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