Suspects in Lockhart slaying face court appearances for unrelated charges

Suspects in Lockhart slaying face court appearances for unrelated charges

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:39pm

The two suspects being questioned in relation to the case of a woman found dismembered were both locked up on unrelated charges. Today, Margaret Sanchez, 28, bonded out of jail while her boyfriend, Terry Speaks, 39, is set to appear in front of a judge tomorrow.

Sanchez bonded out of the Tangipahoa Parish Prison today on a bond of $1,500. Police tell WDSU that Sanchez and Speaks were both arrested on Tuesday, June 12 after a traffic stop for not using a turn signal.

That same day the two had been identified through tips provided to investigators. Surveillance images were released from the club where Jaren Lockhart, the 22 year old woman whose body was found dismembered, was employed and last seen. Officials asked for the identity of the couple as they were the only people unaccounted for that night, as well as the being last seen leaving the club with Lockhart.

The duo were tracked down to Kenner.

Sanchez was originally expected to appear in front of a judge on Wednesday, June 14. However, she was reported to be so emotional that she was “in no condition to speak for herself.” Today, Tuesday, June 14, she returned to court for a hearing that was held at 10:00 a.m.

WDSU reports that Sanchez did not waive extradition, which means that she is fighting to avoid going to Mississippi. Investigators at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office want to continue to interview Sanchez regarding her possible connection to Lockhart’s homicide.

Terry Speaks, however, remains in the St. Tammany Parish Jail. He too was booked and processed on charges unrelated to the homicide investigation.

Speaks was booked on charges of Resisting an Officer, Resisting an Officer by Flight, Aggravated Assault and had three outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions. Reports indicate that Speaks has a criminal history that includes sex crimes. Although a convicted sex offender in North Carolina, he had not registered with the Louisiana sex offender database.

Speaks will have a court hearing in a New Orleans federal courtroom on Friday, June 15.

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