Kenner police said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a second suspect in the stabbing and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street dancer two years ago.
Terry Speaks, 41, is in prison in New York on an unrelated sex-crime charge but will be released in October.
He will then be booked into the Kenner jail on charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, Kenner Police Department spokesman.
Speaks also will be booked in Kenner on a second warrant that charges him with failing to register as a sex offender, McGregor said.
Margaret Sanchez, the other suspect in the death of Jaren Lockhart, was arrested May 7 on counts of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
She remains behind bars at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. Her bail was set at $750,000.
Speaks allegedly admitted in recent weeks that he and Sanchez, 30, killed “a girl” in Louisiana, carved up her body and dumped the remains off a bridge in coastal Mississippi so they could not be found. That statement was reported in a brief summary of the case included in an arrest log filed after Sanchez was booked.
It is not clear to whom Speaks allegedly made the statement about the stabbing death, but Kenner police have said they traveled to New York to interview him after they took over the investigation from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi.
Lockhart, 22, was reported missing June 6, 2012, after leaving Temptations, a Bourbon Street strip club where she worked. Days later, parts of her body, including her torso and head, washed up in various places along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In addition to Speaks’ statement, the arrest log said “numerous” other witnesses told investigators that Speaks and Sanchez approached Lockhart as she danced at Temptations and offered her money to leave with them for “a party/sexual encounter.”
Lockhart accepted the offer, according to the log, and surveillance footage released shortly after her disappearance showed the three together that night.
Authorities have said it is not yet clear when Lockhart was killed but that she likely was killed in Kenner.
The suspects’ car was later seen entering and leaving Mississippi after Lockhart was reported missing and before her remains washed ashore in Hancock and Harrison counties.
Investigators found that not only was the body dismembered but that tattoos Lockhart had were “strategically” removed in an apparent effort to make identification difficult.
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