Man accused of dismembering stripper to act as own attorney
GRETNA - A man accused of killing and dismembering a stripper whom he and his girlfriend allegedly lured from a "gentlemen's club" in the French Quarter of New Orleans will act as his own attorney in his trial.
Judge Stephen Grefer told Terry Speaks on Monday that he thought it was a bad idea to represent himself. Grefer said he rejected Speaks' contention that public defender John Benz and a second appointed lawyer were unprepared, but the judge ultimately said he would grant Speaks' motion to defend himself.
Speaks and his former girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez, each have pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder of 24-year-old Jaren Lockhart.
Sanchez's trial date has not been scheduled.
They are accused of dumping Lockhart into the Gulf of Mexico after dismembering her.
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