- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A man convicted in the death and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street dancer will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Terry Speaks, 42, was sentenced Thursday in the 2013 death of Jaren Lockhart.

Multiple news reports say state District Judge Stephen Grefer also sentenced Speaks to 40 years for obstruction of justice and 20 years for conspiracy to obstruct justice. The first sentence will run consecutively to the life sentence; the second will run concurrent with the first.

Grefer also denied a request for a new trial.

Speaks and his girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez, 31, are accused of cutting up Lockhart’s body and dumping the remains along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Sanchez’s trial is set for Dec. 7.

Public defender John Benz filed the new trial motion Monday.

Benz argued that Grefer should have asked Speaks about possible mental illness when the defendant sought to represent himself on the trial’s opening day. Benz’s motion said Speaks had been hospitalized for mental illness, including a suicide attempt.

During the trial, several motions were made seeking mistrial.

Speaks began his trial representing himself. After opening statements and one day of questioning witnesses, Speaks handed his defense back to his attorney.

In his motion, Benz said in that 1991-1992 while in the Marine Corps, Speaks was diagnosed with “borderline personality disorder” and that in 2010, he was in health care facility with a “mental breakdown.”

There was no reference in the motion on when or where Speaks attempted suicide.

Surveillance video showed Speaks and Sanchez leaving Temptations Gentlemens Club with Lockhart on June 6, 2012, the night before she was reported missing.

Speaks was convicted on June 19.

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