Convicted of killing Jaren Lockhart, Terry Speaks given 2nd life sentence

Chad Calder

The New Orleans Advocate


Terry Speaks, convicted killer of Jaren Lockhart
Terry Speaks, convicted killer of Jaren Lockhart

Convicted killer Terry Speaks has been given a second life prison sentence stemming from the 2012 death of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart.

Speaks, who was convicted last summer, initially drew a life sentence for second-degree murder, along with a 40 year-sentence for obstruction of justice and a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to obstruct justice.

However, 24th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Grefer increased Speaks’ 40-year sentence on the obstruction charge to life after finding him guilty Friday of being a four-time felony offender.

The obstruction conviction, for dismembering and disposing of Lockhart’s body, will be served consecutively with the life sentence he got for second-degree murder in July, which means he would theoretically serve a second life term after his death.

The sentence for conspiracy was unaffected by Friday’s hearing and remains at 20 years, to be served concurrently with the first life sentence.

Speaks’ prior felonies relate to a 2003 conviction in North Carolina for having sex with a 14-year-old and for twice failing to register as a sex offender in the years since. He was sentenced by Grefer to eight years on that charge in March.

Speaks’ accused accomplice in the killing of Lockhart, Margaret Sanchez, is scheduled to go to trial this summer.