- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Prosecutors say Terry Speaks tried to get police to shoot him when he was arrested in connection with the murder and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street stripper three years ago.

Speaks “attempted to induce officers to shoot him on June 12, 2012,” Assistant District Attorney Doug Freese wrote in court filings, according to The New Orleans Advocate (https://bit.ly/1QpPCZM ).

The court papers say that prosecutors will produce evidence at trial indicating that Speaks’ and co-defendant Margaret Sanchez’ actions indicate they were aware of their guilt when they were arrested.

Both are charged with second-degree murder of Jaren Lockhart, 24, whose body parts washed up on Mississippi beaches in the days after she disappeared.

The prosecutors’ filing also says the state will introduce evidence that Speaks tried to flee from police when the duo were arrested in Tangipahoa Parish, and that Speaks gave a false identity to police after he was captured.

Speaks is scheduled for trial June 15. Trial is not yet scheduled for Sanchez.

Defense attorneys say searches of Speaks’ apartment and vehicle did not turn up any evidence that Lockhart was killed in Louisiana.

The prosecutors’ court filing 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.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com



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