Man allegedly said he killed, cut up 'girl'
GRETNA, La. (AP) — The second suspect in a Bourbon Street dancer's death has said he and a woman who has been arrested in the case killed and cut up "a girl" and dumped her body into water, according to the woman's arrest report.
Margaret Sanchez, 30, was booked Wednesday with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart, whose dismembered body washed up in Mississippi in June 2012.
The arrest report attributes the statement to Terry Speaks, 41, but does not say whether he allegedly made the statement to investigators or someone else. Chief Steve Caraway has said Kenner police interviewed him in prison.
It was not clear whether either Speaks or Sanchez has an attorney.
Nobody answered the phone Sunday at the address where police said Sanchez was arrested. She is in the Jefferson Parish jail.
Speaks is in federal prison in New York State after a 2012 guilty plea in North Carolina to a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. The North Carolina attorney appointed to represent him did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press. However, according to the docket, he no longer represents Speaks.
Police have said surveillance camera footage showed both Speaks and Sanchez leaving with Lockhart on June 6, 2012, from Temptations, the strip club where she worked.
The arrest log says "numerous" witnesses told investigators that they approached Lockhart as she danced and offered her money to leave with them for "a party/sexual encounter," The New Orleans Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/1l41IYE).
Her torso, a stab wound in the chest, floated ashore a day later in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Other parts of her body drifted onto beaches within 10 miles east in the next few days.
A stab wound to the heart killed her, according to the arrest report.
It also stated that whoever dismembered Lockhart removed some tattooed skin to try to hide her identity, NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune reported (http://bit.ly/1kWyrQM ).
Remaining tattoos helped identify her.