BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - The search for suspects in the killing of a New Orleans woman whose body parts were found on Mississippi beaches last week ran through many jurisdictions and courts Wednesday after law enforcement agencies got a lead on two people who were believed to have last been seen with Jaren Lockhart.
Margaret Sanchez and Terry Speaks, believed by authorities to be the couple seen leaving Temptations bar in New Orleans with Lockhart, were arrested on charges that were not related to that killing in Tangipahoa Parish early Wednesday.
Both Sanchez and Speaks appeared in court - Sanchez in Tangipahoa Parish, where she fought extradition and Speaks in federal court in New Orleans on charges of violating the rules of being a registered sex offender.
The Kenner home where Sanchez and Spears were believed to share a residence, was also searched for several hours Friday and several items were removed.
Hancock County authorities have been using the term "suspects" when referring to Margaret Sanchez and Terry Speaks, though as of Wednesday evening, neither had been charged in connection with the case.
Investigators for the Hancock County Sheriff's Office said they will rely on evidence collected to determine where Lockhart was murdered, and multiple agencies are involved in the investigation the New Orleans Police Department, Kenner Police, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parish sheriff's office, FBI and the U.S. Marshals.
Sanchez appeared in an Amite courtroom for an extradition hearing Wednesday afternoon. She could be seen sobbing in the Amite courtroom as a judge asked if she would sign an extradition waiver. Her attorneys said she was in no condition to sign anything.
Sanchez will remain in Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Through an attorney, she said she wished to speak with her father before deciding anything.
Earlier Speaks and Sanchez were questioned by the Hancock Sheriff's Office. Speaks has multiple aliases and could not be firmly identified at first. He is a registered sex offender in North Carolina. He was convicted in 2003 of three counts of indecent liberty with a minor.
After being processed in federal court in New Orleans, Speaks is expected to be held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail.