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In a Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Terry Speaks, center, a suspect in the 2012 stabbing and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street strip club dancer, arrives under heavy police guard at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, La. Trial is set to open Monday, June 15, 2015, for Speaks, accused of killing a New Orleans' French Quarter stripper in 2012, dismembering her and dumping body parts of the woman into the Gulf of Mexico.

GRETNA, La. — A man accused of killing and dismembering a stripper whom he and his girlfriend allegedly lured from a "gentlemen's club" in the French Quarter of New Orleans will act as his own attorney in his trial.

Judge Stephen Grefer (GREF-er) told Terry Speaks on Monday that he thought it was a bad idea to represent himself. Grefer said he rejected Speaks' contention that public defender John Benz and a second appointed lawyer were unprepared, but the judge ultimately said he would grant Speaks' motion to defend himself.

Speaks and his former girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez, each have pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree murder of 24-year-old Jaren Lockhart.

Sanchez's trial date has not been scheduled.

They are accused of dumping Lockhart into the Gulf of Mexico after dismembering her.