Convicted killer Terry Speaks says he’ll refuse to testify if called in ex-girlfriend’s murder trial _lowres

Photo provided by the Kenner Police Department -- Terry Speaks

Terry Speaks pleaded not guilty Monday in the death of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart, who was stabbed to death two years ago, dismembered and thrown into the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaks, who is accused of committing the murder with his girlfriend, faces charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. He was extradited to Louisiana from New York last week after serving time there on an unrelated charge.

His alleged accomplice, Margaret Sanchez, entered a not guilty plea in August.

Prosecutors have said District Attorney Paul Connick will try the two separately. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17 in 24th Judicial District court in Gretna before Judge Steven Grefer.

A trial date has been set for Jan. 12, though it is unlikely a trial will get underway that soon. Prosecutors have not yet said whom they will try first.

Authorities say Lockhart, a 22-year-old stripper who danced at the Temptations club in the French Quarter, left the club on the night of June 6, 2012, with Speaks, 40, and Sanchez, 30.

The two are suspected of stabbing Lockhart, the mother of a 3-year-old girl, and dismembering her body, which Speaks then allegedly threw off a bridge into the Gulf.

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