NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Tonight a suspect is behind bars in the murder of Jaren Lockhart, and it’s a name familiar to the case. Nearly two years after Lockhart’s dismembered body was discovered family members tell WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano justice is finally being served.
Photos, and an urn with Jaren Lockhart’s ashes fill her brothers home with memories. Lance Lockhart lost his sister nearly two years ago.
“We’ve all just been trying to hold together. It’s a hard thing to do, but we struggled a lot,” says Lance Lockhart, “God has probably prepared us for this situation. He knew. He knew this day was coming.”
Wednesday morning authorities arrested 30-year-old Margaret Sanchez at her family’s Metairie home in connection with Lockhart’s death. Kenner police say Sanchez has been booked with one count of Second Degree Murder.
Sanchez and her suspected accomplice Terry Speaks were the last two people known to see Lockhart alive. Authorities say surveillance video shows Sanchez, Speaks, and Lockhart leaving a Bourbon Street club on June 5th 2012. Days later Lockhart’s dismembered body began washing up on Mississippi beaches.
Coincidentally, Sanchez appeared on ABC’s “Final Witness” after the killing detailing the death and dismemberment of a friend of hers, back in 2006.
“I’ve just been really patient. I knew we’d come to ahead and everyone would get what they deserved. It just took time,” says Lance Lockhart.
Jaren Lockhart was only 22-years-old. Her family says they’re lucky a piece of her still lives inside her five year old daughter Rylie.
“She was a good person. She loved everybody,” says Jaren’s mother Donna Lockhart.
It’s hard for Donna Lockhart to speak about her daughter, but she has a burning question she’d like answered.
“I want to know why you killed my daughter. She didn’t deserve it. I’d ty to get them to tell me why they did it,” says Donna Lockhart.
As Sanchez sits behind bars details on Speaks and his involvement have yet to be released. Terry Speaks is in New York Federal Prison on unrelated charges.
Lance Lockhart says, “I’m really happy they found her, and I’m pretty sure he had something to do with it too, you know. Just they have to get their ducks in a row before they get him.”
Kenner Police have scheduled a press conference Thursday morning to discuss more details surrounding Lockhart’s murder.