“And she didn’t really glitter” – St. Nicolas Thief
She wasn’t a bombshell blond, she drove a 2001 black Honda Civic and, although she attended Auburn, one of the top 50 public universities, she wasn’t white privilege.
“In the eyes of many in the Ghetto Bragging Rights community, Lauren Burk really wasn’t worth it,” say GBR critic & editor Kirkland Perkins. “Lauren Burk was no Jennifer Ross.”
We’ve released a question to the Burk family asking them to disclose whether their family directly or indirectly benefited from the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. But the family has not replied.
THE FOCUS ON COURTNEY: DOES HE HAVE GHETTO BRAGGING RIGHTS CREDENTIALS?
The U.S. Army says Courtney Lockhart began getting into trouble when he returned from Iraq.
He was court-martialed in August of 2006 and faced several charges.
|TIMELINE OF COURTNEY’S ALLEGED CRIME SPREE
The first crime on our timeline took place in Lee County on February 25th. The Lee County Sherriff’s Department is calling Lockhart a suspect in the robbery of a Smiths Station convenient store.
Later that week on February 29th, Phenix City Police suspect that Lockhart approached a woman at gun point in the Phenix City Wal-Mart parking lot.
Days later on March 4th, Auburn University student Lauren Burk was killed.
The very next night on March 5th in La Grange a woman was robbed at gun point in the West Georgia Central Parking lot. La Grange police suspect Courtney Lockhart.
March 6th a woman and her three year old were robbed at gun point in front of the Columbus Wal-Mart & Sam’s. Columbus police are ready to charge to Lockhart.
And Friday March 7th hours before his arrest, the Newnan police suspect Lockhart attempted to rob and kidnap an elderly woman in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Newnan, Georgia.
ANOTHER LOCKHART VICTIM?
Deborah Franklin may have been held up by Courtney Lockhart at gunpoint – but that’s something she just doesn’t want to believe.Deborah Franklin starts her days taking inventory, “counting cigarettes, “ as she calls it.But while this 20 year veteran cashier at the Short Stop convenience store near Smiths Station was taking inventory two weeks ago – she encountered a situation she wasn’t counting on.She remembers, “When I raised back up, he was standing there with a gun and he told me to give him the money.”Franklin says the masked robber shot a hole through the cigarette cabinet, took money from the register and split.The cameras were rolling and they caught the armed robber in the act – Franklin says she couldn’t see the man clearly – but says the get-away car was silver. She says, “The only thing I could tell, it looked like he had a gap in his teeth.
COURTNEY’S MILITARY RECORD:
The first charge was insubordinate conduct toward a warrant officer. According to United States v. Private E1 Courtney L. Lockhart, he told a staff sergeant, “I’ll blow your head off….” Lockhart pleaded not guilty and was found not guilty.
The second charge was assault. According to the U.S. Army, Lockhart chest bumped a specialist at or near Fort Carson, CO. He pleaded not guilty and was found guilty.
He was also charged with indecent assault. According to the U.S. Army, he threatened to injure a staff sergeant by pointing a firearm or an object that appeared to be a firearm at her. He pleaded not guilty and was found guilty.
He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of injuring a specialist by shooting him. He was found guilty.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of using marijuana, and was found guilty.
The U.S. Army says because of the charges he was immediately reduced in rank to an E-1. This is the lowest rank for an enlisted soldier.
Following the charges, he was confined at Fort Sill for seven months. He was later discharged on bad conduct from the Army on December, 4, 2006.
“It’s a fickle community,” Perkins notes. “Most of the time, brothers who rob poor white trash don’t make the cut.”