Murder suspect Terry Speaks remained silent as armed guards escorted him in handcuffs to a waiting car Wednesday.
"They went up to Orange County, New York. They picked him up early this morning on United Airlines into the New Orleans International Airport here," said Kenner Police Sgt. Brian McGregor.
Speaks waived extradition in New York, where he'd been jailed for failing to register as a sex offender.
In Kenner, Speaks faces second-degree murder in the death of Jaren Lockhardt. Lockhardt disappeared in June of 2012 from the Bourbon Street nightclub where she worked. Surveillance cameras showed her leaving with Speaks and his alleged accomplice, Margaret Sanchez. Several days later, parts of Lockhardt's body washed up in Hancock County, Miss.
As Speaks was arriving in Louisiana, Sanchez was in a Jefferson Parish courtroom for a hearing. The district attorney's office has decided to try both defendants separately, opening up the possibility that they will testify against each other.
Sanchez has already pleaded not guilty. Speaks is expected to enter the same plea Oct. 20 during his arraignment.
"I mean, even though they've been arrested and charged, we are still in the investigation stage. This case is in no way closed at this time," McGregor said.
The first trial is scheduled for Jan. 12. It's unclear which defendant will be tried first.
Speaks and Sanchez are represented by attorneys from the public defenders office. DNA from the crime scene is being submitted for analysis. Both defendants are scheduled for a motion hearing on Nov. 17, and attorneys hope to have the DNA test results by then.