Prosecutors say Terry Speaks tried to get police to shoot him when he was arrested in connection with the murder and dismemberment of Jaren Lockhart two years ago.
The attempted “suicide by cop” was alleged in court filings that say the state will produce evidence at trial to show that the actions of Speaks and his alleged accomplice Margaret Sanchez indicated they were aware of their guilt.
Speaks “attempted to induce officers to shoot him on June 12, 2012,” Assistant District Attorney Doug Freese wrote.
The motion also says the state will introduce evidence that Speaks tried to flee from police when the duo were arrested that day in Tangipahoa Parish, and that Speaks gave a false identity to police after he was captured.
“This evidence of flight indicates the defendant’s guilty knowledge and consciousness of guilt,” Freese wrote.
Speaks, 42, and Sanchez, 31, are both accused of second-degree murder of Lockhart, a Bourbon Street dancer whose body parts were found washed up on Gulf Coast beaches the day after she disappeared.
The two are accused of obstruction of justice by dismembering her corpse.
Speaks’ trial is set to begin June 15 in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. Sanchez will be tried separately, though no date has been set.
The motion also makes reference to emails from Speaks to Sanchez that were outlined in filings last week. In those excerpts, Speaks allegedly told Sanchez that he had held on to clothing and other incriminating evidence as he cleaned up the crime scene.
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