A state judge has set a June 15 trial date for Terry Speaks, the man accused of murdering Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart and dismembering her body in 2012.
Margaret Sanchez, his alleged accomplice, will be tried at a later date that won’t be selected until May.
Speaks, 42, and Sanchez, 30, are accused of fatally stabbing Lockhart, who was last seen leaving Temptations Gentlemen’s Club with the couple on June 6, 2012. Parts of Lockhart’s body began washing up on Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches several days later, and authorities zeroed in on Speaks and Sanchez, who lived in Kenner at the time.
Investigators said their car was seen entering and leaving Mississippi after Lockhart was reported missing and before her remains washed ashore.
Speaks and Sanchez are accused of second-degree murder, along with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice by means of the dismemberment.
Prosecutors with Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office had previously indicated they intended to try the two separately, and that became official Monday.
Sanchez’s trial date will be set at a hearing scheduled for May 13.
Speaks’ trial will be held in Judge Stephen Grefer’s courtroom in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.
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