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2nd arrest warrant in dismemberment of New Orleans dancer

Jaren Lockhart Personal photo

KENNER, La. - Police have issued a second arrest warrant in connection with murder and dismemberment of French Quarter dancer, Jaren Lockhart, reports CBS affiliate WWLTV.

Kenner Police announced an arrest warrant for Terry Speaks, 41, for second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. Margaret Sanchez, 30, is also charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the case. She was arrested in May and is in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

Speaks is currently in federal custody in Otisville, N.Y. on an unrelated charge, but he is scheduled to be released from the prison in October.

In 2012, parts of Lockhart's body were found on Mississippi beaches. She was last seen leaving a men's club with two people on June 6, 2012.

In the weeks after the crime was committed, Sanchez and Speaks were identified as suspects as they were the last ones seen with Lockhart on a surveillance video in the French Quarter.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that a detective in the case testified that inmates at the prison where Speaks is currently incarcerated provided authorities with information about incriminating statements Speaks allegedly made regarding the case.

According to the paper, the detective testified that the inmates - who were not identified - said Speaks told them that he and Sanchez used drugs and alcohol with Lockhart, and that she died after getting into a fight with Sanchez. The paper reports that another detective testified that Lockhart died from a single stab wound to the chest. But the inmates reportedly did not specify whether Speaks said who killed Lockhart.

The Times-Picayune also reports that police believe Speaks and Sanchez got Lockhart to leave the club with them for a "private party" in exchange for money.

Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said that Speaks will be extradited to Louisiana for the murder charge and obstruction of justice, as well as failing to register as a sex offender.

  • Crimesider Staff

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