Terry Speaks, one of the two defendants charged with the 2012 murder and dismemberment of Jaren Lockhart, faces trial next week on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender in Jefferson Parish.
In the meantime, his trial date for the murder of the Bourbon Street dancer still stands at June 15, attorneys said Wednesday.
Speaks is expected to be tried separately from his alleged accomplice, Margaret Sanchez, though Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office has yet to split up the cases. Her trial date is expected to be set in May.
Speaks, 42, and Sanchez, 30, who were seen on video leaving the Temptation’s Gentleman’s Club with Lockhart on June 6, 2012, are accused of stabbing her in the heart later that night, cutting up her body and throwing the parts into Gulf Coast waterways.
They appeared at a status conference Wednesday, standing at opposite ends of the jury box with other inmates.
The couple also have been charged with obstruction of justice in the murder case because of the dismemberment.
Assistant District Attorney Tommy Block noted that Speaks’ trial on failing to register as a sex offender could be resolved by Monday, but he said jury selection would begin Wednesday if it isn’t. That charge stems from a 2003 conviction for having sex with a minor in North Carolina.
The trials will take place in 24th Judicial District Court before Judge Stephen Grefer.
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