Persons of interest in dancer murder no strangers to Bourbon Street

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capture“She was a party girl,” said Louis Goins as he worked the door of a French Quarter club Wednesday evening. Goins was talking about Margaret Sanchez, one of two persons of interest in the death of a Bourbon Street dancer whose dismembered body was found along the beach in Mississippi.

According to several people who work the doors, bars, and streets of the French Quarter, Sanchez made the rounds as a street performer. They say she also worked occasionally as a dancer, just like the victim in the case, Jaren Lockhart.

Surveillance video from a Bourbon Street strip club shows Sanchez and a man most recently from North Carolina, Terry Speaks, leaving the business with Lockhart. They are believed to be among the last people to see Lockhart alive.

Both Speaks and Sanchez are behind bars, but neither faces any charges connected to Lockhart’s death.

Back on Bourbon Street, a street performer says he was a friend of Sanchez. But he says her boyfriend, Speaks, was less outgoing and friendly with the often close-knit group of employees and workers who see each other regularly on the street.

“He was always the jealous type person. He had his mood swings like when guys talk to his girl. Every time she’d see me, I’d give her a hug, and you could just kind of see the look on his face,” the performer said.

Goins wonders if Sanchez simply got caught up in an unpredictable relationship that took a sinister turn.

“You never know what somebody’s thinking. You might not know what the other person is thinking and you just happened to be caught up,” he said.