No appeal for New Orleans murderer
The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won’t hear an appeal from a man convicted of killing a French Quarter dancer and dismembering her body.
All seven justices initialed the action sheet, denying the request from Terry Speaks, who is serving life in prison for the 2012 murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart. He acted as his own attorney with another inmate preparing the document.
Speaks was convicted in 2015 of stabbing the young woman in the heart, dismembering her, and dumping her body parts in the Gulf of Mexico. Most washed onto beaches here in Mississippi. Some were never found.
Co-defendant Margaret Sanchez pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is serving 40 years. The Supreme Court let stand a state appeal court decision upholding Speaks’ conviction.