FBI commits to speed up processing of evidence in Lockhart case

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County Sheriff's investigators working to solve the grisly murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart say they had a productive meeting with the FBI Thursday.

You may recall the dismembered torso of Lockhart washed ashore on the beach in Bay St. Louis in June of last year.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said the FBI committed to expediting evidence in the case that is now being processed at the FBI's crime lab in Quantico, VA.

Investigators had hoped to charge the two suspects in the case, Terry Speaks and his girlfriend Margaret Sanchez, with desecration of a corpse and dumping body parts into the water.

However, Bass said the definition of that charge doesn't totally fit the circumstances of the Lockhart case and Mississippi doesn't have a statue pertaining to dumping a body.

He also said the FBI is researching federal statutes that could pertain to the case.

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