Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for a man long suspected in the stabbing death and dismemberment of a New Orleans strip club dancer whose body parts washed up along the Gulf Coast.
Terry Speaks, 41, who's currently in a New York prison on unrelated charges, is accused of the second-degree murder of Jaren Lockhart in 2012, TV station WWL reports. He's also accused of obstruction of justice for allegedly tampering with evidence by cutting up the young mother's body and scattering it in waters off Mississippi's shores.
Last month, police arrested Margaret Sanchez — Speaks' girlfriend when Lockhart was killed — and slapped her with the same charges.
Sanchez, now 30, and Speaks were seen together on June 6, 2012 at the French Quarter gentleman's club where Lockhart worked. Authorities contend that the 22-year-old dancer left with them to perform at a private party in exchange for money.
The next day, Lockhart's torso drifted ashore. Her head and parts of legs were found days later.
Numerous dancers at two strip joints had declined Speaks and Sanchez's alleged offer before Lockhart accepted, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Though police believed Speaks was the killer within weeks of Lockhart's death, they announced an arrest warrant on Thursday after two inmates at a federal facility in Otisville, N.Y. alleged that Speaks said Lockhart died following a fight with Sanchez.
Speaks is locked up for failing to register as a sex offender in North Carolina and was due to be released in October.
He is expected to be extradited to New Orleans to face the murder and obstruction of justice charge.