Suspect in Lockhart murder enters not guilty plea
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 26, 2014, 19:49
Margaret Sanchez entered a plea of not guilty on Monday to charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in connection with the 2012 murder of Jaren Lockhart.
Sanchez, 30, was indicted earlier this month, along with her former boyfriend Terry Speaks.
On Monday, Sanchez was arraigned at the Jefferson Parish Division J court in Gretna.
Lockhart, then 22, was caught on video surveillance footage on June 5, 2012, leaving her place of employment, Temptations gentlemen's club in New Orleans, with a couple later identified as Speaks and Sanchez.
Her torso was found on the beach in Bay St. Louis near Bay Oaks Drive less than two days later.
Officers from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office controlled the investigation until last month, when they turned it over to the Kenner Police Department.
Speaks and Sanchez were first arrested in the case in Loranger, La., on June 12, 2012.
Speaks was initially held on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender and was extradited back to Surry County, N.C. in July 2012. A federal judge in North Carolina sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison on that charge in December 2012.
Sanchez was held at the Tangipahoa Parish jail until Aug. 10, 2012, when she was released because a prosecutor determined she could not be held on her initial charge of harboring a sex offender.
Sanchez was re-arrested in May and has been held at the Jefferson Parish Jail ever since.
In June, warrants were issued for Speaks' arrest. Speaks is due to be released from federal prison in October, but will be extradited back to Louisiana, officials said.
Sanchez remains in custody at the Jefferson Parish Jail under a $1.5 million bond.