Crime

Convicted killer Terry Speaks says he’ll refuse to testify if called in ex-girlfriend’s murder trial

BY CHAD CALDER| CCALDER@THEADVOCATE.COM

Terry Speaks says he will not testify if called at Margaret Sanchez's murder trial.
Terry Speaks says he will not testify if called at Margaret Sanchez's murder trial. Advocate file photo

Convicted killer Terry Speaks has written to the judge, prosecutors and public defenders handling the trial of his alleged co-conspirator in the 2012 murder of Jaren Lockhart telling them he will refuse to testify if called.

Speaks, who is serving a life sentence at the Louisiana State Prison at Angola, wrote a letter May 20 saying he has been informed by the public defenders office that he will be called to testify for prosecutors against his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez.

In a letter filed with the 24th Judicial District Court, however, Speaks, wrote that he will refuse to testify for either side in the upcoming murder trial.

“Please do not attempt by any measure or means to contact me or have me transported,” he wrote. “It will be a waste of all parties’ time that are involved. I wish to have nothing to do with this case."

Police say Sanchez and Speaks lured Lockhart from her job as a Bourbon Street stripper with the promise of money for sex, took her to their Kenner home and killed her. Days later, parts of Lockhart's body began washing up on shore in Mississippi.

To read more of this story, visit the New Orleans Advocate.

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