Meeting with district attorney in Jaren Lockhart case rescheduled for Friday

Meeting with district attorney in Jaren Lockhart case rescheduled for Friday
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POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:34am

Investigators in Hancock County, Miss., said a meeting with the district attorney in the case surrounding the death and dismemberment of Jaren Lockhart was rescheduled for Friday.

Jaren Lockhart was reported missing on June 6. Her torso washed ashore on a beach in Bay St. Louis, Miss., and other parts of her severed body washed up days later. Authorities in Hancock County, Miss., are looking for her killer. This timeline follows the events of the investigation.

Hancock County, Miss., investigators are expected to make their case later this week to the district attorney in the killing of Jaren Lockhart.

It’s the latest rescheduling to come in the presentation to the District Attorney’s Office, which could lead to charges in the case.

Authorities planned to meet with the office on Monday. Then, the meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Now, it's set for Friday, authorities told WDSU.

The body of the 23-year-old Bourbon Street dancer washed ashore in Mississippi in June 2012, days after she was reported missing.

Two people were questioned in the case, Terry Speaks and Margaret Sanchez, but no charges were filed in Lockhart's death.

Speaks was arrested on unrelated charges and sent to a prison in New York. Sanchez was released.

Hancock authorities said they might initially seek a lesser charge against Speaks and Sanchez in Lockhart's case.

"We're not going to stop. We may get better evidence that ensures a conviction of homicide, so I don't want to take a chance and have double jeopardy come into play and they become exonerated forever," Glenn Grannon with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office said.

No time for the rescheduled meeting was immediately available.

 

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