Cops: Evidence shows suspects going to MS to dump body parts
Michelle Southern Reporting
The Kenner Police Department releases additional details on the arrest of the woman who is charged with the murder and dismemberment of Jaren Lockhart of New Orleans. Chief Steve Caraway says Margaret Sanchez (above) was taken into custody Wednesday. He says they interviewed additional witnesses which lead to the arrest of Sanchez.
"She's charged with second degree murder and also obstruction of justice and that pertains to the dismemberment," said Caraway. "The cutting up of the body and throwing the body into the Gulf."
Lockhart was last seen with Sanchez and another suspect in the case, Terry Speaks, as the victim was leaving work at a club on Bourbon Street June 6th 2012 according to police.
Over the course of the next several days, body parts belonging to Lockhart washed up on a Mississippi beach. Caraway believes Sanchez cut the victim up.
"We do have evidence to show them coming to Kenner shortly after leaving New Orleans with the victim," Caraway said. "We also have evidence that shows them going to Mississippi and returning here before the body parts were found."
The investigation was in the hands of the Hancock County Sheriff's office but new evidence was uncovered and Caraway believes Lockhart was murdered in Kenner.
Speaks is currently in custody in New York on unrelated charges and Caraway says more arrests could be coming.
He says motive is unclear at this time.
"What lead to the stabbing? Who knows. Obviously they selected Jaren Lockhart and decided she was the person they wanted to go with them," said Caraway.