UPDATE: Suspect charged in Lockhart murder
By Echo Staff
Jun 13, 2014, 20:15
A second suspect in the 2012 murder and dismemberment of Jaren Lockhart will be arrested once he is released from federal prison, officials said Thursday.
Kenner PD Chief Steve Caraway said Thursday that an arrest warrant has been obtained for Terry Speaks, 41, concerning the murder and dismemberment of Jaren Lockhart. The arrest warrant charges Speaks with the crimes of second degree murder and obstruction of justice. Speaks remains incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Otisville, N.Y.
Speaks is due to be released in October, but will be extradited back to Louisiana to be charged with the new offenses, and a second warrant charging him with failing to register as a sex offender.
Last month, Margaret Sanchez, who was Speaks' girlfriend in 2012, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice.
She remains incarcerated in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. Her bond had been set at $750,000.
Speaks and Sanchez were caught on camera leaving Temptations Gentlemen's Club with Lockhart on the morning of June 5, 2012. The next day, Lockhart's torso washed up on the beach in Bay St. Louis. A few days later, other body parts washed up in Pass Christian.
Caraway previously said license plate recognition cameras caught the couple's vehicle traveling to Kenner and then on to Mississippi within a few hours of Lockhart's disappearance.
The murder was initially investigated by the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, but officials now believe the murder took place in Kenner and the body was dumped here.
Investigators have also gotten statements from other inmates in the New York prison, who reportedly said Speaks has been discussing particulars of the crime while in jail.
Caraway urges anyone with information concerning the murder of Jaren Lockhart and / or information concerning Terry Speaks or Margaret Sanchez to call Kenner Police Detective David Stromeyer at (504) 712-2214 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.