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Suspect in stripper's death wants charges tossed

1 year 5 months 1 day ago May 22, 2015 May 22, 2015 Friday, May 22 2015 May 22, 2015 12:18 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

GRETNA - The attorneys for a man accused in the death of a Bourbon Street stripper wants charges thrown out because prosecutors can't prove the woman was killed in Louisiana.

Terry Christopher Speaks is scheduled for trial in June on charges including second-degree murder in the death of Jaren Lockhart, whose body parts washed ashore on Mississippi beaches in the days after her June 2012 disappearance.

Speaks has pleaded not guilty.

The dismissal motion was argued Thursday before state District Judge Stephen Grefer. Grefer did not rule on the motion.

Lockhart was last seen leaving a Bourbon Street club June 6, 2012, about 2 a.m. with Speaks and his then-girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez.

Sanchez also is charged in Lockhart's death. Her trial date has not been set.

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