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FifthEssence
05-25-2009, 04:13 PM
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FifthEssence
05-25-2009, 04:14 PM
Melissa Huckaby will be back in court June 12

http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home&id=2607967-Huckaby+attorney+gets+more+time+to+go+over+evidenc e&article-Huckaby%20attorney%20gets%20more%20time%20to%20go% 20over%20evidence%20=&widget=push&instance=home_most_popular&open=&

snippet:
Public defender Sam Behar told Judge Linda L. Lofthus that he needs more time review 1,000 pages of discovery prosecutors recently gave him.

He said he also wanted to go over evidence having to do with records from a home computer and a silver Cadillac.

Oldsoul2
05-25-2009, 07:36 PM
Respectfully snipped by Dreamweaver:
So, you are thinking the pastor might have abused Melissa and then
did his bidding later for him? Or was so twisted by what happened to her, did same kind of abuse to children?

It just gets nastier, doesn't it?

That is exactly where I'm going with this.....Melissa's face in court the first time spoke volumes to me. In so many of these cases, the perps are stone cold, expressionless, not crying and chin shattering, this to me is a sign of NOT regret but deep self pity, almost like she is defenseless to her own self, like she had no choice but to take full punishment. She kind of reminded me of a scorned child.

Angel Who Cares
05-29-2009, 10:37 AM
Today Show video: Melissa Huckaby facing new charges
May 23: The Sunday school teacher accused of murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is facing allegations that she drugged another young girl. NBC's Michael Okwu reports, then NBC's Amy Robach sits down with legal analyst Susan Filan.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/30901676#30901676

I don't think this video was posted here yet!

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Angel Who Cares
06-01-2009, 03:24 PM
Issues w/JVM 5/26/09 Part 1: VIDEO 6:10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O****obQN-8&feature=channel_page

Issues w/JVM 5/26/09 Part 2: VIDEO 5:30
YouTube - Issues w/JVM 5/26/09 Part 2

Issues w/JVM 5/26/09 Part 3: VIDEO 6:43
YouTube - Issues w/JVM 5/26/09 Part 3
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Issues w/JVM 5/27/09 Part 4: VIDEO 5:42
YouTube - Issues w/JVM 5/27/09 Part 4

FifthEssence
06-09-2009, 04:51 PM
Melissa Huckaby will be back in court June 12

http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home&id=2607967-Huckaby+attorney+gets+more+time+to+go+over+evidenc e&article-Huckaby%20attorney%20gets%20more%20time%20to%20go% 20over%20evidence%20=&widget=push&instance=home_most_popular&open=&

snippet:
Public defender Sam Behar told Judge Linda L. Lofthus that he needs more time review 1,000 pages of discovery prosecutors recently gave him.

He said he also wanted to go over evidence having to do with records from a home computer and a silver Cadillac.


bumping... this coming Friday

Soulscape
06-09-2009, 09:29 PM
bumping... this coming Friday


FifthEssence,

Can you tell us the time, location and purpose of the hearing?

Thanks,
Soulscape

FifthEssence
06-09-2009, 09:35 PM
http://www.stocktoncourt.org./
http://www.stocktoncourt.org./courts/media_notice.htm

San Joaquin County Superior Court
Stockton Courthouse
The further arraignment in the case People of the State of California v. Melissa Huckaby (case number SF111539A) has been scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm in Department 35 of the main Stockton Courthouse located at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA 95202.






http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home&article-Prosecutor%20asks%20judge%20to%20move%20Huckaby%20 case%20along%20=&id=2686137-Prosecutor+asks+judge+to+move+Huckaby+case+along&widget=push&instance=home_news_lead_story&open=&

San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa filed the motion on Tuesday asking the presiding judge to enter a plea of not guilty and to set a preliminary hearing date for 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby if her lawyer still hasn’t by Friday, June 12th.

The two-page motion notes that Friday’s hearing will be the fourth in the case. San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar has yet to enter a plea for Huckaby.

“All criminal actions in which … a minor … is the victim … shall be given precedence over all other criminal actions in the order of trial,” Testa says, quoting a statute that typically applies to cases involving elderly or very young witnesses.

Bay Area attorney Steven Clark — who has followed the Huckaby case since its first day in court and has appeared as a pundit on cable news shows about the case — said the motion shows some urgency on the part of the prosecution.

Here is a link to the ORIGINAL charges:
http://online.recordnet.com/projects...ycomplaint.pdf

Soulscape
06-09-2009, 10:54 PM
Here are a couple observations about the upcoming hearing.

First, the chart:

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/qq5/Soulscape12/Sandra%20Cantu/HuckabyHearing061209.gif




The Judge is the critical factor. We know this because the SUN, most elevated planet, is in the 10th House of the Judge. Notice SUN the Judge is in Gemini, ruled by MERCURY, as is Prosecution (Lord 1). This gives a preliminary sense the Judge will rule for Prosecution.

There is a huge upset/ shock in store for Defense. What it is/ will be, we know not because URANUS is completely unpredictable. When URANUS hits your ASCENDANT, there is no way you can predict what will happen. It hits you like a bolt out of the blue. Here, URANUS is just inside House 7 which is Defense's House 1.

In confirmation, we compare Huckaby's natal and Solar Arc directed (sunrise) charts to the Event chart and note Event URANUS is partile conjunct Directed ASCENDANT, with Event PLUTO of Complications close square Directed SUN!


http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/qq5/Soulscape12/Sandra%20Cantu/Tri-WheelHuckabynatal-SP-Hearing061.gif





How coincidental could that be?!

Thanks,
Soulscape

FifthEssence
06-12-2009, 06:53 PM
PLEADS NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jun/12/ca-missing-girl-061209/?california

Huckaby is charged with murder with the special circumstances of rape, kidnapping and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14, which could make her eligible for the death penalty if convicted. She's charged with two counts of furnishing someone a harmful substance and one count of child endangerment in the drugging case.

A gag order remains in place, prohibiting attorneys, investigators and potential witnesses from commenting on the case.

The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Huckaby to start on Sept. 24., 9:00 a.m. in Stockton.

Also,
FAMILY COURT CASE- CUSTODY BATTLE OF DAUGHTER
http://www.kcra.com/news/19730133/detail.html

STOCKTON, Calif. -- As a murder case goes forward against Sandra Cantu's alleged killer, the suspect's daughter is in the middle of a custody dispute.
Meanwhile, Huckaby's grandparents, pastor Lane Lawless and wife Connie, are seeking custody of Cameron, Huckaby's daughter. So is the girl's father, Johnny Huckaby, who has little contact with his daughter.

Family law attorney Al Ellis said courts often favor the biological parent, but not always.

Angel Who Cares
06-12-2009, 07:32 PM
HLN Prime News 6/12/09 Part 4: 3:51
YouTube - HLN Prime News 6/12/09 Prt 4

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Oldsoul2
06-13-2009, 01:45 PM
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STOCKTON, Calif. -- As a murder case goes forward against Sandra Cantu's alleged killer, the suspect's daughter is in the middle of a custody dispute.
Meanwhile, Huckaby's grandparents, pastor Lane Lawless and wife Connie, are seeking custody of Cameron, Huckaby's daughter. So is the girl's father, Johnny Huckaby, who has little contact with his daughter.

Family law attorney Al Ellis said courts often favor the biological parent, but not always.

Yeah...not feeling either option to be a good one...especially giving custody to the pastor. MH is so incredibly disturbed and that has to root from somewhere...especially when her targets are children and that is her profession..to teach them? WE don't even know the motif which I believe will be the key to all of this and reveal the whole truth. Don't the courts see this at all that giving either of them custody might endanger the child when we don't know yet if she was the only one involved?

Angel Who Cares
06-17-2009, 11:12 PM
Today Show video: Sandra Cantu hearing begins 2:18
June 12: A hearing for the Sunday school teacher accused of murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu begins in California. NBC's George Lewis reports.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/31305117#31305117
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June 12, 2009 Suspect in Cantu Slaying Pleads Not Guilty: 0:50
A Sunday school teacher pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old Northern California girl and drugged two other people. (June 6)
YouTube - Suspect in Cantu Slaying Pleads Not Guilty
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Melissa Huckaby Speaks With Reporter - Sandra Cantu 3:12
YouTube - Melissa Huckaby Speaks With Reporter - Sandra Cantu
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Sandra Cantu / MOTHER OF DRUGGED GIRL TAKE ABOUT HUCKABY 1:39
YouTube - sandra cantu / MOTHER OF DRUGGED GIRL TAKE ABOUT HUCKABY
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Sandra Cantu: Melissa Huckaby Arraigned in Court 04/14/09 7:37
YouTube - Sandra Cantu: Melissa Huckaby Arraigned in Court 04/14/09
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Sandra Cantu Melissa Huckaby Case on Good Morning America - 6:33
YouTube - Sandra Cantu Melissa Huckaby Case on Good Morning America - Women Who Kill
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Begnaud interviews Sandra Cantu's mother, Maria Chavez 9:58
YouTube - Begnaud interviews Sandra Cantu's mother, Maria Chavez
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Sandra Cantu / Melissa Huckaby and new charges 1:34
YouTube - sandra cantu / Melissa Huckaby and new charges
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Sandra Cantu Car Show1 9:40
This is a slideshow of the Sandra Cantu Memorial Car Show in Tracy, CA at the West Valley Mall. We had our 2007 PT Cruiser entered in the show.
YouTube - Sandra Cantu Car Show1
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Cantu's Alleged Killer Pleads Not Guilty 1:43
YouTube - Cantu's Alleged Killer Pleads Not Guilty
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Huckaby's Friend Speaks Out 3:32
YouTube - Huckaby's Friend Speaks Out
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Melissa Huckaby Faces Poisoning Charges 1:24
YouTube - Melissa Huckaby Faces Poisoning Charges

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Angel Who Cares
06-24-2009, 11:34 AM
Tree to be planted in memory of slain 8-year-old Sandra Cantu
June 22, 4:33 PM
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Wednesday, the family of Sandra Cantu and city officials will plant a tree in honor of the murdered girl.

Her favorite color was pink, so the tree will be a pink crepe myrtle. The 2-foot-tall tree and money to take care of it for a few years was donated by Calif. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

The tree will be planted at Kenner Park in Tracy, Calif., which is near Jacobsen Elementary, the school Sandra attended.

Last month, a Southern California family donated a playhouse to the school in Sandra’s memory, and Landscape Structures, Inc. recently donated a $46,500 playground to the school.

Article:
http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner~y2009m6d22-Tree-to-be-planted-in-memory-of-slain-8yearold-Sandra-Cantu

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Angel Who Cares
06-24-2009, 11:47 AM
Confusion with murder suspect prompts Manteca woman to sue
June 24, 2009 6:00 AM
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STOCKTON - An attorney for a woman named Melissa Huckaby - no, not that Melissa Huckaby - said he's close to filing a lawsuit against at least two media outlets that he says wrongly published his client's photo.

Albert Ellis said that after Tracy's Melissa Huckaby was arrested in connection with the killing of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, the Bay Area TV station KTVU and The Associated Press erroneously disseminated a picture of his client taken from MySpace.

Ellis contends that these and possibly other news organizations knew that his client, who lives in Manteca, was not the woman Tracy police arrested, yet they continued to disseminate her photograph.

"We think it was reckless," Ellis said. "We want to make sure everybody responsible is brought to task."

Manteca's Huckaby has encountered problems in the community because of the inaccurately broadcast picture, Ellis said.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090624/A_NEWS/906240315/-1/NEWSMAP
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Boxer donates tree in honor of Sandra Cantu
June 24, 2009 6:00 AM
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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has donated a pink crape myrtle sapling and money for its care to Tracy in memory of 8-year-old slaying victim Sandra Cantu.

Sandra's family will join a representative from Boxer's office and city officials at 10 a.m. today to dedicate the tree in a quiet ceremony.

A brass plaque bearing the dates of Sandra's birth and death - and the inscription "In remembrance of Sandra Cantu" - will be placed at the base of the tree. The memorial will take place in Kenner Park near Jacobsen Elementary School, where Sandra was a student.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090624/A_NEWS/906240316
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Thousands attend memorial for Northern California girl, 8, found dead in suitcase in pond
06/20/09 4:00 PM PDT
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Family members and community leaders recalled Sandra Cantu as an exuberant, loving second-grader who enjoyed skipping down the city's streets. Her remains were found last week in a suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond near her home.

"This little girl, Sandra, in two weeks became much more than a little girl who lived down the street in a town in California," Tracy police Chief Janet Thiessen said. "Sandra Cantu became our little girl, a child whose spirits touched us as we searched for her and prayed for her safe return."

Images of Sandra graduating from preschool, blowing out birthday candles and opening Christmas presents played on two screens at a high school auditorium, which drew a crowd of about 2,600 people.

Sandra's relatives, including her mother, father and sisters, lined the front row of the auditorium, holding each other and crying at times.

Sandra's aunt, Angie Chavez, thanked supporters for their help in the 10-day search for girl, who disappeared March 27, and the outpouring of sympathy in the days after her body was found.

A local Sunday school teacher whose daughter was a playmate of Sandra's has been accused of the killing. Melissa Huckaby, 28, who lived just a few doors down from Sandra's family, was arraigned Tuesday on charges that she kidnapped, raped and murdered the child.

"For this time, lay down your judgment, your bitterness, your rage, so that our remembrance is done in love and dignity," Tracy police chaplain Don Higgins told the crowd. "And in so doing, we can begin to take the first steps of healing and renewing our strength together."

Article:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/nation/ap/48686617.html

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Angel Who Cares
06-29-2009, 06:40 PM
VIDEO: Cantu Remembered In Tree Planting
YouTube - Cantu Remembered In Tree Planting

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Angel Who Cares
07-05-2009, 08:51 AM
Huckaby Murder Case Goes To Grand Jury
Posted: Saturday, 04 July 2009 11:54AM
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Beginning later this month, a grand jury is expected to convene to decide if Melissa Huckaby should stand trial for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.
The proceeding will last about two weeks and take the place of Huckaby's preliminary hearing.

"The prosecution wants to go grand jury on this case because it preserves the testimony without making the testimony public. They can put on all of their evidence and the devastating impact of that evidence won't make its way into the public until the time of trial. This may save the prosecution from saving a change of venue motion," said Steven Clark, a former prosecutor who has been following the case.

Clark says the grand jury proceeding could speed up the entire process, meaning Melissa Huckaby could go to trial in as little as 6-months.

Article:
http://www.kcbs.com/Huckaby-Trial-Goes-To-Grand-Jury/4735463

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Angel Who Cares
07-05-2009, 08:57 AM
Grand jury to decide if Huckaby will stand trial for Sandra Cantu murder
July 3, 5:43 PM
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Beginning July 20, a secret grand jury is expected to convene to decide if Melissa Huckaby should stand trial for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

The proceeding will last about two weeks and take the place of Huckaby’s preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 24.

According to The Record, this would keep key facts of the case from the public until the accused murderer’s jury trial. Such facts may include Huckaby’s motive for the murder and exactly how Sandra was killed.

Article:
http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner~y2009m7d3-Grand-jury-to-decide-if-Huckaby-will-stand-trial-for-Sandra-Cantu-murder
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Grand jury may get Cantu case
Huckaby trial decision could be decided in secret
July 03, 2009 6:00 AM
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The grand jury is scheduled to meet for two weeks beginning July 20.

A judge's gag order prevents attorneys, investigators and potential witnesses from talking about the case. A veil of secrecy regarding grand jury hearings further prevents them from discussing the scheduled proceeding.

The Record confirmed through multiple sources that prosecutors have sent out subpoenas for witnesses to appear in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

The grand jury proceeding would take the place of Huckaby's preliminary hearing set for Sept. 24. It also threatens to keep from the public key facts of the case - such as Huckaby's alleged motive and how Sandra was killed - until the jury trial.

There are significant differences between preliminary and grand jury hearings.

In the preliminary hearing, San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus would hear attorneys cross-examine witnesses in open court to decide if there is enough evidence to make Huckaby stand trial before a jury.

In a grand jury hearing, by contrast, prosecutors call witnesses to testify before a panel of citizens behind closed doors. The defense is not allowed inside to cross-examine witnesses. At the end, jurors decide if the defendant should stand trial in open court.

If the grand jury indicts Huckaby, Lofthus will then decide if transcripts of the grand jury hearing will be made public. Lofthus has consistently sealed court papers in Huckaby's case, including reports of the autopsy performed on Sandra.

Without seeing the evidence San Joaquin County Deputy District Thomas Testa has against Huckaby, it is difficult to know why he has chosen to take the case to a grand jury, said Stockton attorney David Wellenbrock, a retired San Joaquin County prosecutor.

Wellenbrock said one reason could be that in a courthouse where cases move slowly, a grand jury speeds things up. San Joaquin County Superior Court is notorious for dragging cases out for a long time, he said.

"It's a way to move the case quicker in certain circumstances," Wellenbrock said. "These might be such circumstances."

Additionally, the secrecy of a grand jury could help attorneys keep the trial in San Joaquin County rather than force a change of venue, said attorney John Schick, a law professor at the Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law in Stockton.

Keeping details of the crime secret until trial may help attorneys find jurors who haven't been exposed to a lot of facts and used them to form an opinion before the trial begins, Schick said.

"There is a chance they can avoid a change of venue," he said. "I still think that's going to be a very difficult thing to do."

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090703/A_NEWS02/907030333/-1/A_NEWS06
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Huckaby case expected to go before grand jury (3 p.m.)
July 02, 2009 6:00 PM
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A secret grand jury is expected to convene this month to decide if Tracy’s Melissa Huckaby should stand trial in open court on charges she kidnapped, raped and murdered 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, sources said.

Huckaby, 28, is charged with kidnapping, rape with a foreign object, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14 and murder. The charges stem from Sandra’s March 27 death.

Sandra was last seen in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park where she and Huckaby were neighbors. Farm workers found the girl’s body 10 days later, stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in a dairy pond two miles north of the mobile home park. Huckaby faces a potential death sentence.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090702/A_NEWS/90702013
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PDF: Criminal complaint
http://staging.sr.dj.ottaway.com/assets/pdf/SR900414.PDF

PDF: Defense motion to disinter
http://www.recordnet.com/_images/landingpages/cantu/0417cantumotion1.pdf
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Great Link With Past Articles & Videos Included!
The Sandra Cantu Case
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=A_SPECIAL0263

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Angel Who Cares
07-08-2009, 11:05 AM
News report says grand jury will convene in Huckaby case
Jul 07, 2009
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A grand jury will on July 20 begin hearing testimony and evidence against a Tracy woman accused of murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, according to the Stockton Record.

A gag order prevents anyone with ties to the case from talking about it to the media. So no one contacted by the Tracy Press would confirm the Record’s story — published on July 2 — reporting that witnesses have been subpoenaed and that grand jury proceedings are scheduled to begin later this month.

San Joaquin County Superior Court spokeswoman Stephanie Bohrer said she wasn’t aware that a grand jury would convene in connection with the case against 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, who’s accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Sandra. She said that even if she did know, she wouldn’t be able to talk about it because of the gag order.

Indictments handed down by a grand jury are normally made public after the fact, along with transcripts of witness testimony, unless the presiding judge seals them.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-News+report+says+grand+jury+will+convene+in+Huckab y+case%20&id=2896296-News+report+says+grand+jury+will+convene+in+Huckab y+case&instance=home_news_lead_story

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Angel Who Cares
07-08-2009, 11:10 AM
Sandra Cantu case could go before grand jury, according to media reports
Posted: 07/06/2009 04:08:35 PM PDT
Updated: 07/07/2009 06:39:27 AM PDT
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Stephanie Bohrer, spokeswoman for San Joaquin Superior Court, said she's received several calls from the media about the rumored proceedings but couldn't confirm whether or not they were to begin.

"How can I confirm it?," Bohrer said. "First, I'm not privy to that information and second, it's supposed to be secret."

Grand jury indictments are generally made available to the public once they're issued, but if the court's track record on the Cantu case and several others is any indication, the indictment could end up being sealed.

San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Linda Loftus, who's presiding over the case, has already sealed motions filed by attorneys as well as Cantu's autopsy report.

Loftus could also seal the witness testimony contained in the grand jury transcripts, which are supposed to be made public 10 days after defense attorneys have received copies of them.

If the case is heard by a grand jury, it's the fourth high-profile case out of Tracy to go that route this year. Prosecutors have already received grand jury indictments on four people charged with torturing a teenager in Tracy for more than a year; a former Tracy cosmetic surgeon charged with molesting dozens of his patients; and a former substitute teacher who police say maliciously stroked the hair of several grade-school students.

Grand jury proceedings in San Joaquin County are infrequent but not unheard of, said William J. Murray, the presiding judge of San Joaquin County Superior Court. Since the court lacks resources — such as courtrooms, staff and funding — he prefers prosecutors take cases to a grand jury because it eliminates the need for preliminary hearings, thus freeing up trial judges.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12763825

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Angel Who Cares
07-08-2009, 11:16 AM
Ex gets custody of child of woman accused in girl's rape, killing
Mother of former O.C. resident Melissa Huckaby fought to keep the couple's daughter.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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Johnny Huckaby and grandmother Judy Lawless of Cypress settled a custody fight over 5-year-old Madison Huckaby on Monday – the same day that a court hearing was scheduled on the matter in Orange County Superior Court in Orange. Lawless, Melissa Huckaby's mother, is allowed visitation of her grandmother.

As part of the agreement, Lawless is forbidden from allowing Madison to have contact with her mother, court records state.

In court papers, Lawless stated that the father had no contact with Madison for about four years, while Johnny Huckaby contended that he was denied access to his daughter. Johnny Huckaby was granted temporary custody of Madison in late April, when Madison moved to Arkansas, where he lives.

"(Johnny Huckaby) anticipates that (Melissa Huckaby) will likely never be released," wrote attorney Ann Thompson.

Court papers state that Lawless failed to show that it would be detrimental for Madison to stay with her father.

"Madison is doing exceptionally well in her father's custody," Thompson said.

Lawless was given the right to a week of visitation this summer and a month in future summers. During winter break, Lawless can see her granddaughter for a week after Christmas.

Article:
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/huckaby-madison-lawless-2486242-court-melissa

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Angel Who Cares
07-08-2009, 11:20 AM
Huckaby's ex given custody of daughter
July 08, 2009 6:00 AM
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The court awarded Johnny Huckaby temporary custody of his daughter in April. But Judy Lawless pleaded with the court to let her keep the child.

In court papers, Judy Lawless said Madison had lived with her most of her life and had little contact with her father, who has since remarried and lives 1,700 miles away, just outside Little Rock, Ark.

Johnny Huckaby argued that his ex-wife had denied his attempts to contact their daughter. He also said that, when he was awarded temporary custody, Judy Lawless tried to conceal Madison's whereabouts.

Before the arrest, Madison was living with her mother and Melissa Huckaby's grandparents, Lane and Connie Lawless, a few doors from Sandra's family in the trailer park.

Judy Lawless is the daughter-in-law of Lane and Connie Lawless.

Lane Lawless is pastor of the tiny Clover Road Baptist Church, where Melissa Huckaby taught Sunday school.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090708/A_NEWS/907080329/-1/NEWSMAP
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Melissa Huckaby's Ex-Husband Wins Custody Battle
Jul 8, 2009 6:34 am US/Pacific
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The ex-husband of the woman accused of kidnapping and killing Sandra Cantu has won custody of the couple's own daughter.

Melissa Huckaby's ex-husband has won custody of their 5-year-old daughter.

25-year-old Johnny Huckaby has been granted custody of their daughter, Madison.

Court records show that Melissa's mother, Judy Lawless, will be allowed to visit the girl, but cannot allow her contact with her mother.

Article:
http://cbs13.com/local/huckaby.custody.battle.2.1076759.html
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SLIDESHOW: The Disappearance And Murder Of Sandra Cantu
A frantic 10 day search ended in tragedy when Sandra Cantu was found dead in a Tracy irrigation pond. We've collected some of the images of the twists, turns, and heartbreak that the case brought to our attention.
http://cbs13.com/slideshows/The.Disappearance.And.20.978184.html
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View Full Coverage Of The Sandra Cantu Case:
http://cbs13.com/sandracantu

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Soulscape
07-08-2009, 10:24 PM
Originally posted by Angel Who Cares:


Grand jury to decide if Huckaby will stand trial for Sandra Cantu murder
July 3, 5:43 PM
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Beginning July 20, a secret grand jury is expected to convene to decide if Melissa Huckaby should stand trial for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

The proceeding will last about two weeks and take the place of Huckaby’s preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 24.

According to The Record, this would keep key facts of the case from the public until the accused murderer’s jury trial. Such facts may include Huckaby’s motive for the murder and exactly how Sandra was killed.

Article:
http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime...a-Cantu-murder (http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner%7Ey2009m7d3-Grand-jury-to-decide-if-Huckaby-will-stand-trial-for-Sandra-Cantu-murder)




Angel Who Cares,

Thank you so much for keeping us abreast. I hope we can discover the time the Grand Jury will meet on 7/20/09 to hear this case.

We can look at a Sunrise chart to get a sense of the day's energies, but the actual start time will be more revealing.

Thanks,
Soulscape

FifthEssence
07-08-2009, 10:40 PM
Don't they know we need the scheduled TIME when they convene! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/romancingthestone/GuyTapingOneFoot.gif


http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-News+report+says+grand+jury+will+convene+in+Huckab y+case%20&id=2896296&instance=home_news_lead_story
This article says:
San Joaquin County Superior Court spokeswoman Stephanie Bohrer said she wasn’t aware that a grand jury would convene in connection with the case against 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, who’s accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering Sandra. She said that even if she did know, she wouldn’t be able to talk about it because of the gag order.

http://t.love.com/228691151
Recordnet.com
The grand jury proceeding would take the place of Huckaby's preliminary hearing set for Sept. 24.
In a grand jury hearing, by contrast, prosecutors call witnesses to testify before a panel of citizens behind closed doors. The defense is not allowed inside to cross-examine witnesses. At the end, jurors decide if the defendant should stand trial in open court.
If the grand jury indicts Huckaby, Lofthus will then decide if transcripts of the grand jury hearing will be made public. Lofthus has consistently sealed court papers in Huckaby's case, including reports of the autopsy performed on Sandra.

Angel Who Cares
07-10-2009, 01:56 PM
Tuba I've been looking for the time the Grand Jury is meeting, ever since I found the article. I will keep checking daily for any info for a time they are meeting & will post A.S.A.P.! :wink:

Older video, but posted for reference!
Did Huckaby drug ex-boyfriend? 5:28
Melissa Huckaby facing new charges of drugging a man she reportedly once dated. HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell reports. May 28, 2009
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/05/28/jvm.huckaby.latest.cnn
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Father gets custody of Melissa Huckaby's daughter
Jul 08, 2009
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Johnny Huckaby reached a settlement with his former mother-in-law, Judy Lawless, which allows her to visit 5-year-old Madison Huckaby as long as the little girl has no contact with her mother, according to papers filed in Orange County Superior Court.

Melissa Huckaby has been held in solitary confinement in the San Joaquin County Jail since her April 10 arrest. Johnny Huckaby lives in Arkansas and Lawlesses in the Southern California city of Cypress.

A hearing brief filed Monday by Johnny Huckaby’s attorney says Madison has been “flourishing” under her father’s care. The couple married in 2004 and divorced in 2005.

The brief says Judy Lawless has been unable to prove that it would be detrimental to the girl’s well-being to be in her father’s custody.

“Madison has been doing exceptionally well in her father’s custody,” wrote Johnny Huckaby’s attorney, Ann Thompson, in the brief.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Father+gets+custody+of+Melissa+Huckaby-s+daughter%20&id=2913438-Father+gets+custody+of+Melissa+Huckaby-s+daughter&instance=home_news_bullets

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Angel Who Cares
07-10-2009, 09:08 PM
Charge for Forensic Tests Could Hinder Local Law Enforcement
July 10, 2009
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Counties and cities could be forced to shoulder the cost of forensic tests under the current budget proposal to save the state as much as $20 million by charging for analysis of everything from fingerprint to DNA evidence.

The proposal would require the Department of Justice (DOJ), which handles some 50,000 pieces of evidence a year, to charge police and sheriff departments across the state for routine tests previously conducted free of charge.

The bill to local governments was scaled back from the $40 million originally estimated to pay for all services, but would still be a hit to departments already reeling from budget cuts, said Elizabeth Howard, legislative representative for California State Association of Counties.

Howard pointed out that the bill contains some hardship provisions for detectives working on a large case that could require extensive CSI-style work.

One such evidence-intensive case was the investigation into the disappearance of Sandra Cantu in Tracy last March. The eight-year-old’s body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond. The FBI led the investigation that resulted in the arrest of a neighboring Sunday school teacher.

“In that case, the FBI and DOJ paid for extensive DNA testing through a mutual aid agreement,” said Tracy Police Department Administrative Lieutenant David Sant.

Article:
http://www.publicceo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=378:charge-for-forensic-tests-could-hinder-local-law-enforcement&catid=152:crime-publicceo-exclusive&Itemid=54

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Angel Who Cares
07-10-2009, 09:13 PM
UPDATED: Melissa Huckaby's ex granted custody of daughter
Posted: 07/09/2009 04:54:20 PM PDT
Updated: 07/10/2009 06:24:02 AM PDT
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After a contentious exchange of court filings, full custody of Melissa Huckaby's 5-year-old daughter was granted to the child's father, John Huckaby, 25, following a hearing Monday in Orange County Superior Court.

Judge Michael J. Naughton ordered the child — who has been living with her father in Arkansas since late April — not to have any contact with her mother, who is being held in San Joaquin County Jail in connection with the kidnapping and death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

Court records show a copy of the order was mailed to Melissa Huckaby in jail, where, at one point, she was under 24-hour observation. Because of a gag order, parties involved in the case aren't allowed to comment,

"Ms. Lawless knew that I was out of the state and that I would likely not be able to return to Orange County to attend the ex parte hearing as noticed," John Huckaby wrote in court documents. "This is blatant bad faith on the part of Ms. Lawless."

In court documents filed April 22, Lawless contends she has become the "psychological parent" of the minor child and has had significant custodial periods with her since she was born.

"It is a great injustice for our granddaughter to be placed with the father that she does not know and has had no contact with for the last four years," Lawless wrote.

According to the Stockton Record, a criminal grand jury will begin hearing evidence against Huckaby later this month.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12804305

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Angel Who Cares
07-13-2009, 04:38 PM
FilAm groups partner for child protection
First Posted 18:07:00 07/12/2009
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CALIFORNIA, United States—When Rudy Asercion joined a San Francisco non-profit organization that provides youth and community programs for Filipino Americans he wanted to know who live in the area.

He was shocked to see 200 registered sex offenders reside within a one-mile radius after typing West Bay’s Pilipino Multi-Service zip code on an online sex offender database.

That and the kidnap, rape, and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy, California last March prompted the community advocate to launch a safety campaign educating and protecting children.

Asercion was thus encouraged to spearhead the first ever “Taking Action to Prevent Crimes Against Children” forum at West Bay’s office.

About 20 local children and parents attended the workshop-seminar where a dozen Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and San Francisco police personnel introduced the National Child Identification Program which includes inkless finger printing, DNA mouth swab, a child’s physical description, photo card, and medical and dental records.

Currently, there are 122 registered sex offenders in West Bay’s South of Market neighborhood, according to the family watchdog. More than 420 reside in San Francisco.

Article:
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/features/people/view/20090712-215092/FilAm-groups-partner-for-child-protection

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Angel Who Cares
07-14-2009, 08:38 PM
Wiretaps used in Sandra Cantu murder investigation
July 14, 7:49 PM
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Authorities sent out letters to those who may have been recorded. The Stockton Record received a letter on Tuesday from the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office telling them that their calls were some of those wiretapped.

The two numbers that were actually being monitored were suspect Melissa Huckaby’s cell phone and the phone of her grandparents, with whom she lived.

Huckaby’s grandmother, Connie Lawless said that she and a number of members of her church, where her husband is pastor, also received letters informing them of the wiretap.

According to the letter, calls were taped form April 8, two days after Sandra’s body was found, and continued until April 13.

Article:
http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner~y2009m7d14-Wiretaps-used-in-Sandra-Cantu-murder-investigation

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Angel Who Cares
07-14-2009, 09:49 PM
Wiretaps used in Huckaby case
Telephone calls of suspect’s grandmother among those that were monitored by law enforcement
July 14, 2009 6:00 AM
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Connie Lawless, the grandmother of Melissa Huckaby, who is accused of killing Sandra, said she and about five people she knows received a similar letter. Lawless said it was unnerving to learn that her calls may have been recorded.

"Anything that comes to us from, like the DA's office, it automatically is upsetting," Lawless said. "We never know what shoe's going to drop."

She said the monitoring worried her, because members of the congregation her husband leads could have had their confidential conversations recorded. Lane Lawless is pastor of Clover Road Baptist Church in Tracy. Several church members confirmed that they also got the letter about wiretapping, she said.

"We have learned through this that at any moment any one of us can be swept up in this," Connie Lawless said. "It could be you, me or anyone."

She added that investigators resorted to the phone taps because they are "really scraping the bottom of the barrel for evidence" against her granddaughter. Lawless said she has yet to hear of any solid evidence in the case against Huckaby.

Today, before a judge can approve wiretaps, Hislop said investigators have to show they've exhausted all other sources, demonstrate probable cause and show that their target will provide evidence. They also are forbidden from recording unrelated calls, he said.

Local police use this tool less often than the FBI, because officers typically have community sources and contacts from which to obtain information before the need arises to seek a judge's permission for setting up a wiretap, Hislop said.

"It can happen anywhere," he said. "My gut feeling is that because the FBI was so deeply involved, that's where it probably came from."

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090714/A_NEWS/907140320

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Oldsoul2
07-15-2009, 12:51 PM
Good that they have tapped the phones, now we can really determine whether or not the pastor and his wife are completely clear from suspicion. She is concerned about it....why would she care....what further is going on in that church?

Angel Who Cares
07-16-2009, 09:55 PM
Tracy Press phone call to Huckaby recorded
Jul 16, 2009
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The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office said today a 40-minute phone call between the alleged killer of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu and a Tracy Press reporter was secretly recorded during a wiretap.

Huckaby was arrested on the night of April 10 on suspicion of killing Sandra, just hours after the Press published a story in which Huckaby told reporter Jennifer Wadsworth in a 40-minute phone call that the suitcase in which Sandra’s body was found might have been the same one Huckaby said she reported stolen when Sandra disappeared March 27.

Police said the next day there were inconsistencies in what Huckaby told Wadsworth and what she told police investigators.

District Attorney spokesman Robert Himelblau said today that phone call was recorded, and that it was an oversight that the Tracy Press never received a letter telling the paper so, as required by law. Himelblau said his office also failed to notify one other person of a recorded phone call, but did not identify who that was.

Prosecutors are expected to convene a criminal grand jury, possibly next week, in an effort to obtain an indictment against Huckaby, 28. A gag order prevents witnesses and other involved from discussing anything about the case.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Tracy+Press+phone+call+to+Huckaby+recorded%20&id=2971491-Tracy+Press+phone+call+to+Huckaby+recorded&instance=home_news_bullets

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Angel Who Cares
07-22-2009, 02:08 AM
Huckaby grand jury proceedings begin (9:56 a.m.)
July 20, 2009 12:56 PM
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A secret grand jury began meeting today to hear evidence in the case of Tracy’s Melissa Huckaby, the Sunday school teacher accused in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

The hearing is scheduled to last two weeks. In the end, the grand jury will decide if Huckaby, 28, should stand trial on the charges in open court.

Authorities have acknowledged that they used wiretaps in their investigation that culminated in Huckaby’s arrest following an emotional interview with Tracy Police.

Huckaby’s case was set for a September preliminary hearing in open court. The grand jury hearing will take the place of the preliminary hearing. It also keeps key details of the case – Sandra’s cause of death and Huckaby’s alleged motive – from the public.

Legal experts have suggested that prosecutors opted for a secret grand jury to quiet the public interest in an attempt to avoid a change of venue.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090720/A_NEWS/90720005/-1/rss01
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Report: Grand jury convened
Posted: 07/20/2009 01:35:19 PM PDT
Updated: 07/20/2009 06:19
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A criminal grand jury was scheduled to convene Monday to hear testimony in the case against Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy woman charged with kidnapping, raping and killing her 8-year-old neighbor.

The Stockton Record has reported the proceedings have begun. A San Joaquin County Court spokeswoman said she could not confirm the report because of the secret nature of the hearings. The paper states the hearing is expected to take two weeks. A gag order prohibits anyone associated with the case from publicly discussing it.

In the Cantu case, Huckaby faces a murder charge with three special circumstances — kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts on a child and rape with a foreign object. In another case, Huckaby has been charged with two counts of furnishing a harmful substance and one count of child endangerment for allegedly drugging another child and a Hayward man. Huckaby has entered not guilty pleas to all charges and remains in custody in San Joaquin County jail.

Article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_12876977?source=rss
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Report: Grand jury convened in Sandra Cantu murder case
Posted: 07/20/2009 02:04:13 PM PDT
Updated: 07/20/2009 02:16:09 PM PDT
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A criminal grand jury is believed to be convening today to hear testimony in the case against Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy woman charged with kidnapping, raping and killing her 8-year-old neighbor.

The Stockton Record has reported the proceedings have begun. A San Joaquin County Court spokeswoman said she could not confirm the report because of the secret nature of the hearings. The paper states the hearing is expected to take two weeks. A gag order prohibits anyone associated with the case from publicly discussing it.

Cantu, a friend of Huckaby's daughter, was last seen March 27 at the mobile home park where both she and Huckaby lived. The girl's body was found April 6 in a black suitcase floating in an irrigation pond. Huckaby was arrested on April 10.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/localnewsheadlines/ci_12877211?source=rss&nclick_check=1

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Angel Who Cares
07-25-2009, 07:35 PM
Angel Statue Intended For Cantu Family Stolen
Tracy Girl Slain Earlier This Year
POSTED: 2:31 pm PDT July 23, 2009
UPDATED: 2:49 pm PDT July 23, 2009
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LATHROP, Calif. -- An angel statue intended for the family of slain 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu has been stolen, a landscape business said.

Relatives of Cantu wanted the 3-foot-tall angel to honor the memory of the girl, so it was ordered by Eden Garden and Landscape on South Manthey Road in Lathrop.

The angel arrived at the business and a "sold" sign was placed it.

But when Cantu's family arrived Thursday to pick it up, employees at the business realized someone had taken it.

Another angel was also taken from the business in recent weeks.

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/20159177/detail.html
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Added All Videos From KCRA-Just In Case Any Overlooked Or Missed! Plus To Have Them All Together In One Post. :wink:

VIDEO: Cantu Remembered In Tree Planting
http://www.kcra.com/video/19849420/index.html

VIDEO: Some Calls Monitored In Cantu Case
http://www.kcra.com/video/20056369/index.html

VIDEO: Cantu's Alleged Killer Pleads Not Guilty
http://www.kcra.com/video/19740968/index.html

VIDEO: Melissa Huckaby Due Back In Court
http://www.kcra.com/video/19738600/index.html

VIDEO: Huckaby Facing More Charges
http://www.kcra.com/video/19536969/index.html

VIDEO: Psychologist Analyzes Huckaby's Body Language
http://www.kcra.com/video/19184506/index.html

VIDEO: Huckaby Tells Investigators Cantu Death 'An Accident'
http://www.kcra.com/video/19181739/index.html
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Angel statue for Cantu family goes missing
Jul 23, 2009
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Owners of Eden Garden and Landscape on Lathrop’s South Manthey Road refused to comment.

“This should never have happened,” a man said over the phone before hanging up. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Sandra’s family, who was unavailable for comment, reportedly showed up at the landscaping store and discovered that the statue was missing. Another statue from the same business was stolen in recent weeks, according to news reports.

Recently, someone donated a pink crepe myrtle, which was planted in the girl’s memory by Sandra’s school, Jacobsen Elementary. Also, a Southern California family donated a playhouse in her honor.

Earlier this month, the Hearts ’n’ Pieces Quilt Guild presented the Cantu Family with an “angel quilt” made by guild members in memory of Sandra. The guild meets monthly at Tracy’s Orchard Mobile Estates Clubhouse.

Huckaby pleaded not guilty to the charges last month. A secret grand jury is convening this week and next week or so at the San Joaquin County Superior Court to hear the case against Huckaby, who before her April 10 arrest lived a few doors down from Sandra.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Angel+statue+for+Cantu+family+goes+missing%20&id=3020285-Angel+statue+for+Cantu+family+goes+missing&instance=home_news_bullets

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Angel Who Cares
07-26-2009, 02:53 PM
It's time to fix the flaws in the Amber Alert system
Guidelines vary on when to issue alerts
July 18, 2009, 4:45PM
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When it comes to finding missing or abducted children, worried parents and law enforcement officers rely for the most part on fingerprints and the voluntary Amber Alert system. While these may assist in the recovery of a child, there is a lot more that can and needs to be done to better protect our children.

Each year between 800,000 and 1.3 million children are reported missing. Further, more than 58,000 children are abducted each year. And, in abductions involving a violent crime, statistics show that 99 percent of violent crimes occur within the first four hours that the child is missing.

In California, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu wasn't as lucky. She disappeared this past March and her body was found 10 days later inside a suitcase left in a drainage ditch. Her family had contacted police, but no Amber Alert was sent out. The police, while not issuing an Amber Alert, still conducted a search, informed other law enforcement offices in California, and spoke to the media.

Mark Klaas, whose 13-year-old daughter Polly was kidnapped and killed, has said, “The Amber Alert system, as it was conceived by the federal government, is an ill-conceived idea that was based on bureaucracy and not quickly disseminated information.” He's right.

So what's the solution? We need a national system with a single set of rules that are consistently applied in every state. When issuing Amber alerts, state law enforcement agencies should be using modern technology — cell phones, the Internet and GPS to maximize the rapid dissemination of vital information. The time has come for Congress to legislate a better system for protecting our children from possible abduction.

Article:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6535984.html
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Grand jury meeting to decide whether Huckaby goes to trial
July 21, 2009 12:01 AM
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A secret grand jury began meeting Monday to hear evidence in the case of Tracy's Melissa Huckaby, the Sunday school teacher accused in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

The hearing is scheduled to last two weeks.

In the end, the grand jury will decide if Huckaby, 28, should stand trial on the charges in open court.

The grand jury hearing will take the place of the preliminary hearing. It also keeps from the public key details of the case: the cause of Sandra's death and the alleged motive.

Legal experts have suggested prosecutors opted for a secret grand jury to quiet the public interest in an attempt to avoid having to move the trial out of San Joaquin County.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090721/A_NEWS/307219974/-1/A_SPECIAL0263

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Angel Who Cares
08-01-2009, 04:22 AM
Huckaby grand jury duties done
August 01, 2009 12:01 AM
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A criminal grand jury concluded its deliberations Friday afternoon in the case of Melissa Huckaby, a Tracy woman accused in the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

The grand jury's decision to indict her - or not - will remain secret unless Huckaby, 28, is brought back to court for arraignment. The indictment would take the place of charges San Joaquin County prosecutors filed against her after her April 10 arrest.

Huckaby's next hearing before San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus is scheduled for Sept. 8.

For the past two weeks, witnesses have been called to testify before the grand jury. If they return an indictment, the case will next go to a trial in open court.

Huckaby's case was set for a September preliminary hearing. If the grand jury issues an indictment, the preliminary hearing won't be held, and key details of the case will remain out of the public's knowledge.

A judge's gag order has kept investigators and prosecutors from explaining a possible motive for the killing and how Sandra died. Legal experts have suggested prosecutors took it to a grand jury, where proceedings are always secret, to quiet the public interest in an attempt to prevent moving the trial out of San Joaquin County.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090801/A_NEWS/908010322/-1/NEWSMAP

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Angel Who Cares
08-06-2009, 10:26 PM
High-profile crimes bring neighborhood responses
Aug 03, 2009
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Dozens of neighborhoods throughout the county will take part in the 26th annual National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Parties will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. all over town to promote awareness of Neighborhood Watch and help foster a sense of community.

Rose suspected that maybe the high-profile crimes of “Kyle,” the tortured teenager and the murder of Sandra Cantu have motivated more Tracy residents to take a more active role in their communities.

“It helps a great deal,” Rose said. “The neighborhoods are proactive in stopping crime.”

She said she has Alan Sanchez, a reporter for Good Day Sacramento, and local singer Rachel Rene lined up as special guests. Decker said she planned to point out some of the troubling spots on her block and listen to neighbors concerns. She said crime has calmed down since forming the Neighborhood Watch.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-High-profile+crimes+bring+neighborhood+responses%20&id=3080715-High-profile+crimes+bring+neighborhood+responses&instance=home_news_lead_story
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Anne Marie Fuller: Can't fight City Hall, but you can rent it
Posted: 08/05/2009 12:11:44 PM PDT
Updated: 08/06/2009 06:54:44 PM PDT
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THE CITY of Tracy hopes to generate new revenue by renting out City Hall for private parties and other events.

City Hall also has been a backdrop for many city organizations and events. This past spring it played host for a special barbecue honoring local Community Emergency Response Team members who took part in the effort to find missing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, of Tracy. Nearly 100 people attended the barbecue, including many city officials and a local news crew.

"We picked City Hall as our backdrop for the barbecue because it ties everything all together," said Tracy Fire Division Chief Germane Friends, who helped serve food at the event. "We really thought it was important to honor and show our appreciation to those who stepped up and volunteered their time to help the community. It was truly a trying time for everyone, but we all pulled together and now I think we are a little more stronger."

Article:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/columns/ci_12998094
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Sandra Cantu playground dedication set for Friday
Aug 06, 2009
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The family and classmates of 8-year-old murder victim Sandra Cantu will gather Friday morning to dedicate a new playground in the girl’s memory.

Tracy Unified School District Superintendent James Franco and Jacobson Elementary principal Cindy Sasser will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony, which is closed to the public.

The $46,500 school playground was donated by Landscape Structures Inc. earlier this summer and built at Jacobson Elementary School, which Sandra attended before her March 27 disappearance.

On the play set is a sign marking it as the “Sandra Cantu Playground.” The structure — made up of two red slides and a tall tower — marks the third permanent memorial in Tracy to the slain first-grader.

In late May, a Southern California couple donated a hand-built pink-and-purple playhouse to the school in Sandra’s memory. And in June, Sen. Barbara Boxer donated a pink crepe myrtle, which the city planted yards away from Jacobson on West Kavanagh Avenue. A brass plaque with Sandra’s name and birth and death dates lies at the base of the sapling, which should grow for 20 more years and sprout pink blossoms in the spring. Pink was Sandra’s favorite color.

Huckaby, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, was arrested on April 10. A grand jury convened in July but no indictment has been handed down yet.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.

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Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Sandra+Cantu+playground+dedication+set+for+Friday% 20&id=3114095-Sandra+Cantu+playground+dedication+set+for+Friday&instance=home_news_lead_story
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UPDATE: Murder probe launched after woman found dead in mobile home
Aug 06, 2009
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Police detained four people tonight after they found a woman apparently beaten to death in her trailer home, but have yet to arrest a suspected killer.

“There is an active investigation,” said Tracy police Lt. Jeremy Watney. “We don’t think this was an accident.”

The woman was in her late 50s and lived in space #44, a pink single-wide mobile home close to the northern entrance of Green Oaks Mobile Home Park, 2929 N. MacArthur Drive.

The woman’s roommate came home late in the day and called police at 4:42 p.m. to report that the woman was dead and appeared badly beaten, Watney said, adding that it’s too early to release more details. The woman had severe head injuries, police said.

Neighbors said the woman’s name was Cindy, and that she stayed inside her trailer on most days.

Neighbors said they didn’t hear gunshots or a loud noise, and only found out about the incident when dozens of police showed up and cordoned the place off.

The woman’s slaying marks the second murder this year in Tracy following the killing of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in late March.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-UPDATE-+Murder+probe+launched+after+woman+found+dead+in+m obile+home%20&id=3114832-UPDATE-+Murder+probe+launched+after+woman+found+dead+in+m obile+home&instance=home_news_lead_story

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Angel Who Cares
08-08-2009, 04:48 AM
Tracy Playground Dedicated To Sandra Cantu
Volunteers, Donors Construct Playground At Jacobson Elementary School
POSTED: 11:39 am PDT August 7, 2009
UPDATED: 11:50 am PDT August 7, 2009
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A playground built in honor of a Tracy girl who disappeared and was found dead earlier this year was officially dedicated at her elementary school Friday.

"It's been over four months since Sandra left us, but she is definitely in our hearts. I know I think about her every day," Principal Cindy Sasser said. "Many have worked together to donate this beautiful playground ... to Jacobsen Elementary in memory of Sandra."

"Sandra's exuberance and smile will live on in the hearts and minds of its visitors, and she will never be forgotten -- not at all," Tracy schools Superintendent Jim Franco said.

Cantu's relatives were among those who turned out for the dedication ceremony. Her two siblings and friends from school were the first to play on the new playground.

Volunteers and donors built a playground at Jacobson Elementary School in Tracy in memory of Sandra Cantu.
http://www.kcra.com/2009/0807/20319465_240X180.jpg

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/20319477/detail.html
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A step toward healing
Donated playground dedicated at the school attended by Sandra Cantu
August 08, 2009 12:01 AM
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But Friday marked a small step toward healing as a new playground named after Sandra was dedicated during a brief ceremony at Jacobson Elementary, where she was a second-grader at the time of the tragedy.

"It's been over four months since Sandra left us, but she is definitely in our hearts," Jacobson Principal Cindy Sasser told a gathering that included family members and friends who sat in folding chairs next to the new playground. "I know I think about her every day."

At the end of the ceremony, Sandra's 15-year-old brother Thomas Fortin and Miranda were the first to climb to the top and to scoot down the slides. Then, a dozen other children who attended the ceremony joined them on the Sandra Cantu Playground, whose sign includes a smiling jaguar, Jacobson's mascot.

"She always used to play on the bars with me," recalled 8-year-old Nikita Bhukhan, who had been friends with Sandra since kindergarten.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090808/A_NEWS/908080324/-1/NEWSMAP

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Angel Who Cares
08-09-2009, 09:47 PM
Slideshow: Candlelight vigil
Aug 09, 2009
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Members of the community joined family and friends of Cynthia Ramos in a candlelight vigil Saturday night in front of her home at the Green Oaks Mobile Park.

Ramos was found dead Thursday from multiple stab wounds. Two suspects are in custody and will have their first court appearances Tuesday in Stockton.

The killing was the Tracy’s second of the year.

Eight-year-old Sandra Cantu was killed in March. She had lived at the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park.

Her family joined Ramos' family in Saturday's vigil.

SLIDESHOW: 9-Images
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Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Slideshow-+Candlelight+vigil++%20&id=3133334

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Angel Who Cares
08-12-2009, 10:26 PM
Judge moves up Huckaby hearing to Monday
Aug 11, 2009
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Another hearing has been scheduled for next week in the case against the Tracy woman accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

A judge originally ordered Melissa Huckaby back in court in mid-September. A secret two-week-long grand jury hearing recently ended, and prosecutors moved up the date to 1 p.m. on Monday in Department 35 of the San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton.

A gag order prevents anyone associated with the case from talking about it to reporters or anyone else. The Stockton Record in July reported that a grand jury convened over a couple weeks last month. An indictment has yet to be handed down.

Because of the intense public interest in the case, the court has limited seating at past hearings and will allow few reporters into the courtroom next week. Members of the public who want to grab a seat in the courtroom during the hearing will have to check in at 11:45 a.m. Monday in the clerk’s office, Room 303 at the Stockton courthouse, to get a lottery ticket.

A drawing will take place at 12:15 p.m. in the same room. The public can enter the courtroom after journalists have been seated.

Seats have been reserved for five television stations, six local newspapers, a radio station and a sketch artist. Thirteen more seats are reserved for media, and available by lottery.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Judge+moves+up+Huckaby+hearing+to+Monday%20&id=3158308
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Melissa Huckaby to return to court early
Posted: 08/12/2009 03:00:01 PM PDT
Updated: 08/12/2009 03:18:07 PM PDT
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Melissa Huckaby, 28, was supposed to return to court in September, but the San Joaquin County Superior Court announced she will be in court 1 p.m. Aug. 17 for further proceedings.

A court spokeswoman said she was not at liberty to discuss the nature of those proceedings. A representative from the District Attorney's Office said they cannot comment on Monday's hearing. A gag order is in place in the case, preventing involved parties from discussing the case with the media.

A criminal grand jury was believed to have convened last month to hear evidence in the case. The proceedings are kept secret unless an indictment is made. If the grand jury met and they did issue an indictment, it would replace Huckaby's public preliminary hearing, in which a judge determines if there is enough evidence to try her on the charges. That hearing was scheduled to begin Sept. 24.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_13046449?nclick_check=1
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Indictment in Sandra Cantu killing?
August 11 2009 at 04:50 PM
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Although they won't explain why, San Joaquin County court officials say a hearing has been scheduled for Monday for Melissa Huckaby, the Sunday school teacher who allegedly drugged, raped and killed Tracy 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in March and dumped her body in a pond.

News of the hearing in Stockton comes after a secret grand jury finished up a review of evidence in the startling slaying. If Huckaby was indicted, she would have to be arraigned in court -- the beginning of the road toward trial.

Generally, prosecutors take cases to grand juries when they don't want to air evidence -- or identify witnesses -- in an open preliminary hearing. Defense attorneys aren't as fond of them; they aren't allowed in the room to call their own witnesses and rebut the charges.

Huckaby, 28, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges that make her eligible for execution if convicted. Her family members tell us they havent heard any news from the grand jury proceeding, and prosecutors and defense attorneys are mum so far. We'll keep you posted.

Read more at:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/crime/detail?&entry_id=45357#ixzz0O1gjXxTJ

Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/crime/detail?&entry_id=45357
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Huckaby Court Appearance Moved Up
August 10, 2009
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A legal expert following the Huckaby case told News10 it would appear Huckaby is going to be arraigned on the murder charge and given a trial date.

It's been widely reported that Huckaby's case was being reviewed by a criminal grand jury. The legal expert said it appeared the grand jury has indicted Huckaby. The grand jury process is sometimes used in criminal cases rather than having evidence heard publicly in preliminary hearings.

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=64990&catid=2


*NOTE: Astrologers court is at 1PM Monday August 17, 2009!

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Angel Who Cares
08-13-2009, 02:48 AM
SS, Tuba or Magic-Cat do you believe, as I do that the grand jury decided to indicted Melissa Huckaby for murder? I'm sure it does, but still curious, what if anything a might chart shows for Monday! TIA

I do understand you are all very busy, with active missing cases, where they are not found at this time....& those cases should take priority over a case where a child has been found. As awlful as it is, that she was murdered in the manner she was, I just really want to see justice for Sandra!

Thanks again for everything you all do on so many cases.....so sad that we even have to live in a world where so many go missing & never found. :cry: :furious:

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Angel Who Cares
08-15-2009, 12:55 AM
Program started to tell on predators
August 14, 2009, 5:13 PM
Updated 5:13 PM, August 14, 2009
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The story of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is what inspired Thurmont resident Charline Zalewski into activism.

A stranger is not accused in her death. The accused is her next-door neighbor and the mother of one her friends.

“That kind of did it for me,” Zalewski said. “No one wants to talk about it, but we need to.”

Tired of similar stories like Sandra’s, Zalewski has started a program called S.T.O.P. — Speak up and Tell On Predators which teaches awareness, prevention education and empowerment to parents and children.

While children are taught to watch out for strangers, 90 percent of sexually abused children know or are related to their attackers, according to Childhelp.org.

Zalewski is among that 90 percent. A relative abused her as a child.

“Too often many parents ignore the statistics believing it could not happen to their child,” she said. “Unfortunately it can and will happen to anyone, anywhere.”

For more on this story, check out Saturday's edition of The Frederick News-Post.

Article:
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/displayUpdate.htm?StoryID=93892

Soulscape
08-15-2009, 08:47 AM
SS, Tuba or Magic-Cat do you believe, as I do that the grand jury decided to indicted Melissa Huckaby for murder? I'm sure it does, but still curious, what if anything a might chart shows for Monday! TIA

I do understand you are all very busy, with active missing cases, where they are not found at this time....& those cases should take priority over a case where a child has been found. As awlful as it is, that she was murdered in the manner she was, I just really want to see justice for Sandra!

Thanks again for everything you all do on so many cases.....so sad that we even have to live in a world where so many go missing & never found. :cry: :furious:

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Angel, it would indeed appear Huckaby has been indicted for murder.


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I'll keep my comments brief and to the point:

1. The Arabic Part of Imprisonment 14 Taurus is exactly on the 7th House Cusp, showing the 7th House person (Melissa, ruled by VENUS) is a prisoner at Event time.

2. The Arabic Part of Death 6 Libra is close square the antiscion of MARS the prosecution (5 Cancer) showing prosecution is closing in for the kill.

3. Scorpio, the sign of murder, rises. Lord 1 MARS the prosecution applies opposition co-ruler PLUTO, modern ruler of Scorpio. MARS the prosecution squares SATURN, Lord 4 End of the Matter. Notice SATURN is partile conjunct its dispositor MERCURY, with MERCURY ruling the 8th House of Murder & Death...

4. MARS the Prosecution is posited in the 8th House of murder & death. If we give 7th House to Melissa, the radix 8 = the turned 2nd ---- Melissa's 'Near Future.' Notice the VERTEX (fate) and HADES (another death marker and one that particularly references a degrading death such as Sandra suffered) are also posited in the Radix 8th / Turned 2nd).

5. 22 degrees, a degree of murder, marks the 10th and 4th House cusps. The 10th House is what comes before the Public Eye (as well as the goal of the chart) and the 4th House symbolizes the End of the Matter.

6. VENUS (Melissa) applies inconjunct to JUPITER the 5th House Child (Sandra). JUPITER is retrograde and in critical degree 21 Fixed, in this case, dead, applying conjunct the Arabic Part of MURDER 24 Aquarius. Since SUN, which always describes the nature of the Event, opposes, and MARS the prosecution trines this Part, we see more testimony Melissa Huckaby will be formally and publically charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sandra Cantu.

7. Notice VERTEX (fate) in Fateful Degree (same degree as the NODES). Before the MOON goes Void of Course, at 28 Cancer she will conjunct the malefic SOUTH NODE and thus seal Huckaby's fate.

Thanks,
Soulscape

Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 02:37 PM
Huckaby Back in Court
Updated 11:05 AM PDT, Mon, Aug 17, 2009
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A crush of media is expected Monday at a hearing for the woman accused of killing 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu.

Former Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby is set to appear in court at 1 p.m. What happens in court is considered a minor legal move according to legal experts, but it was enough to get the Today Show on NBC to send a live satelite truck for some pre-hearing coverage on national television.

She is accused of the rape and killing of Cantu, whose disappearance and death attracted national attention back in March.

Huckaby pleaded not guilty back in June to charges she kidnapped, raped and killed the little girl.

She also pleaded not guilty to charges that she previously drugged a 7-year-old girl as well as a 37-year-old man, whom police believe she had been dating. The girl lives in the same mobile park where Huckaby lived just down the street from Sandra.

Huckaby is charged with murder with the special circumstances of rape, kidnapping and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14, which could make her eligible for the death penalty if convicted. She also is charged with two counts of furnishing someone a harmful substance and one count of child endangerment in the drugging case.

Monday's hearing is not expected to make any changes in the case. The judge has already scheduled a preliminary hearing for Huckaby to start the last week in September.


Article:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Huckaby-Back-in-Court-53425507.html

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Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 02:52 PM
Thank You So Much SS for taking the time to do a chart for all of us. I'm happy that there will be "Justice For Sandra"!

My wishes would be that she was still here with us, but she is safe from any harm in God's arms now. She has Caylee Anthony, Robert Manwill, & all the other little angels that were all taken before their time to play & dance with forever now.

If I'm understanding your chart correctly, Melissa's in the 7th House next to the VERTEX (fate) and HADES's death markers, that she will soon receive the DP! She deserves nothing less than that after what horriable things she did to little Sandra.

Along with much more discovery & details being released come the trial. That the prosecution has her fate sealed to a T!!!
As much as I want to know some of the details of what happened to Sandra, at the same time I don't. At least we know she will never harm another child ever again.

Thank You to all of our astrologers, for working so hard helping to find all of our lost little angels & adults. As well as helping so many families closure when they don't know what or where their loved ones are! :blowkiss:

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Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 03:21 PM
Melissa Huckaby due in court
Monday, August 17, 2009 | 9:50 AM
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The woman accused of sexually assaulting and killing an eight-year-old Tracy girl is due in court on Monday.

Her neighbor Huckaby was charged a few days later. But a secret two-week grand jury just ended, and now her court date's been moved up. We won't know why until she makes a court appearance this afternoon.

VIDEO: Judge Seals Cantu Autopsy, Toxicology Results
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=6779610

Slideshow: Sandra Cantu murder case
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/gallery?section=news/local/east_bay&id=6761334&photo=1

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=6968957
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Huckaby Due In Court Today For Surprise Appearance
August 17, 2009
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Former Sunday School teacher Melissa Huckaby's next court hearing was scheduled for next month, but for unknown reasons, she will be appearing before a judge this afternoon at around 1:00pm.

The new court date could indicate that the San Joaquin County Grand Jury has concluded its investigation and has decided to indict Huckaby. If indicted, Huckaby faces the death penalty for the March 2009 murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy.

Melissa Huckaby will be appearing before a judge this afternoon at around 1:00pm. If indicted, Huckaby faces the death penalty for the March 2009 murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.
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Article:
http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-huckaby0817,0,7005606.story
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Huckaby back in court at 1 p.m. today
August 17, 2009 11:10 AM
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Melissa Huckaby is expected in a Stockton courtroom today in a rescheduled hearing following a secret grand jury proceeding.

Originally set for a September hearing, Huckaby's new court date may indicate that the grand jury has indicted 28-year-old Huckaby, who will face a new arraignment today.

The case that drew national media attention could result in a death sentence for Huckaby.

A secret grand jury met during the last two weeks in July to hear evidence against Huckaby. With an indictment, Huckaby's case goes straight to trial rather than the anticipated preliminary hearing in open court.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. before San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus.

Read Tuesday's Record for more on this story by staff writer Scott Smith and check Recordnet.com today for updates..


Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090817/A_NEWS/908179992

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Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 05:19 PM
:clap:Melissa Huckaby Indicted In Sandra Cantu Case :clap:
Aug 17, 2009 2:15 pm US/Pacific
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A San Joaquin grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.

Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her Monday. Huckaby appeared to have scratches on her face and arms.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. A trial date has not been set.

VIDEO: Huckaby Pleads Not Gulity In Sandra Cantu Case
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=55375@kovr.dayport.com

VIDEO: Huckaby Defense Attacks Patalogist's Credibility
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=52681@kovr.dayport.com

VIDEO: Crowds Line Up For Huckaby Court Hearing
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=52721@kovr.dayport.com

VIDEO: Huckaby Appears In Court But Does Not Enter A Plea April 24, 2009 7:22 AM
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=52731@kovr.dayport.com

VIDEO: Huckaby Appears In Court But Does Not Enter A Plea April 24, 2009 12:10PM
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=52745@kovr.dayport.com

Article:
http://cbs13.com/breakingnews/melissa.huckaby.indicted.2.1132335.html
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Huckaby indicted in kidnap, rape, murder of Cantu
Monday, August 17, 2009
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A San Joaquin grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.

Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her Monday.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. A trial date has not been set.

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/state&id=6969487
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Huckaby indicted in kidnap, rape, murder of Cantu
Posted: 08/17/2009 02:13:19 PM PDT
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A San Joaquin grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.
Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her Monday.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. A trial date has not been set.

Huckaby previously pleaded not guilty to murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond in April.

She also pleaded not guilty to charges drugging a 7-year-old girl as well as a 37-year-old man, whom police believe she had dated.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_13145471

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Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 06:06 PM
Grand Jury Indicts Huckaby in Cantu Murder, Poison Attempts
August 17, 2009
UPDATED: 4 mins ago
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The San Joaquin County grand jury indicted Huckaby on five counts: murder with the allegation of kidnapping; sex with a child 10 years old or younger; child abuse and endangerment; furnishing a harmful substance to a child; and furnishing a harmful substance to an adult.

The murder indictment carries two special circumstances: lewd and lascivious acts on a child, and rape by instrument.

The harmful substance indictments stem from charges prosecutors filed in May alleging Huckaby tried to poison a 7-year-old girl and a man. The girl recovered. The man has not been found.

Huckaby had visible marks on her forehead when she appeared in court Monday. A prosecutor indicted Huckaby had made the marks herself Monday morning.

The former Sunday School teacher did not enter a plea to charges.

A trial date has not been set.

The district attorney's office has not determined if it will seek the death penalty against Huckaby.

The judge has imposed a gag order on the case, prohibiting court officials and participants from commenting to media.

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=65310&catid=2
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Indictment in Sandra Cantu Case
Posted: Monday, 17 August 2009 1:35PM
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Melissa Huckaby, accused of killing and raping her 8-year-old neighbor in Tracy has been indicted on five counts.
The indictment includes three special circumstances, which makes the case eligible for the death penalty.

The 28-year-old was in court on Monday after being arraigned on murder, kidnapping and rape with a foreign object in the Cantu case last month.

She is also accused of giving a foreign substance to another child and a man.

Huckaby had visible cuts on her forehead and forearm while appearing at the courthouse.

Those cuts apparently stemmed from an incident in the jail, although that could not be confirmed because of a gag order in the case.

There was no plea entered in court Monday; Huckaby had previously plead not guilty to all counts.

The next trial date is tentatively set for September 10.

Article:
http://www.kcbs.com/Indictment-in-Sandra-Cantu-Case/5023639
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Suspect Appears In Court With Cuts Above Right Eye
Sunday School Teacher Indicted In Death
POSTED: 2:43 pm PDT August 17, 2009
UPDATED: 2:48 pm PDT August 17, 2009
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Huckaby, 28, broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the five-count indictment against her Monday, Sacramento's KCRA-TV reported.

Huckaby also appeared to have two cuts above her right eye, but it was not immediately clear how those injuries occurred.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. A trial date has not been set.

A prosecutor said a determination on whether to seek the death penalty will be made in the next 60 days or so.

Melissa Huckaby
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Video: Girl's Accused Killer Appearing In Court
http://www.kcra.com/video/20433509/index.html

Video: Some Calls Monitored In Cantu Case
http://www.kcra.com/video/20056369/index.html

Video: Church Involved In Cantu Case Vandalized
http://www.kcra.com/video/19562523/index.html

Video: Tracy Murder Suspect Cries In Court
http://www.kcra.com/video/19179565/index.html

Video: Tracy Murder Suspect Has Criminal Past
http://www.kcra.com/video/19169054/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/20435520/detail.html
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Indictment against tearful Huckaby read in court today
Aug 17, 2009
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Tracy murder suspect Melissa Huckaby was indicted today on charges that she kidnapped, raped and intentionally killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.

The 28-year-old appeared in court this afternoon with two bright red scratches on her right temple and some on her left arm, apparently from an incident at the jail this morning that San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus mentioned was an attempt by Huckaby to get out of her court appearance.

“Hopefully something like this doesn't happen again,” Lofthus said.

Though she's heard them before, Huckaby broke down in tears when she heard the charges read against her. She looked quizzically at her public defender when the judge read the charge of child abuse and endangerment against a 7-year-old Huckaby allegedly drugged in January.

The single mother and one-time Sunday school teacher did not enter a plea to the charges handed down today. Her attorney Sam Behar said he needs more time because he has yet to review the indictment filed on July 31. Prosecutor Thomas Testa, apparently annoyed that Behar had yet to read the indictment, said the case needs to move along because there are underage witnesses whose memory may fade.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in July instead of holding a preliminary hearing to decide if there's enough evidence to take the case to trial.

A trial date has not been set, but could be within a few months, prosecutors said. Lofthus said she wants to give the defense enough time to review the lengthy transcripts from July's grand jury proceeding before both sides can agree to a trial date.

Because of the special circumstances of rape and kidnapping, Huckaby does qualify for the death penalty.

“Until otherwise indicated, your honor, this is a death penalty case,” Testa said to the judge.

Lofthus ordered Huckaby back in court on Sept. 10, when she's expected to enter a plea.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Indictment+against+tearful+Huckaby+read+in+court+t oday%20&id=3203614-Indictment+against+tearful+Huckaby+read+in+court+t oday&instance=home_news_lead_story

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Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 07:50 PM
Huckaby Indicted In Kidnap, Rape, Murder Of Cantu
Aug 17, 2009 3:08 pm US/Pacific
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A San Joaquin County grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.

Melissa Huckaby, 28, broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her Monday.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. Lofthus said the grand jury transcript would not be made public.

Defense attorney Sam Behar asked the judge to postpone setting a trial date because he said he did not have time to read the lengthy transcript. A hearing to set a date was scheduled for Sept. 10.

Huckaby is charged with murder with the special circumstances of rape, kidnapping and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14, which could make her eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

SLIDESHOW: The Disappearance And Murder Of Sandra Cantu
http://cbs5.com/slideshows/Sandra.Cantu.body.20.978628.html

Article:
http://cbs5.com/crime/Grand.jury.indicts.2.1132484.html
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Sobbing Melissa Huckaby Indicted
Updated 4:15 PM PDT, Mon, Aug 17, 2009
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Huckaby, 28, broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the five-count indictment against her Monday.

Huckaby also appeared to have two cuts above her right eye, but it was not immediately clear how those injuries occurred.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. A trial date has not been set.

A prosecutor said a determination on whether to seek the death penalty will be made in the next 60 days or so.

You can read the indictment for yourself here:
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_notice.htm

Article:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Sobbing-Melissa-Huckaby-Indicted-53500142.html

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Angel Who Cares
08-17-2009, 10:21 PM
Indictment in Sandra Cantu killing
Monday, August 17, 2009
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Huckaby wept and wiped at her eyes as Judge Linda Lofthus read the murder and rape charges.

The judge ordered Huckaby to return to court Sept. 10 after her attorney, Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar, said he had not had the chance to review the indictment.

Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa asked the judge to set a trial date, saying he wanted to move the case along because children were involved and memories could fade. The judge said she agreed with the prosecutor but noted that Behar had to review the indictment first.

The prosecutor also said he wanted to ensure that Huckaby makes it to her court date next month.

Without elaborating, Testa referred to an incident in the San Joaquin County jail, saying at one point that he had been told Huckaby would not be in court this afternoon as a result of what happened. Behar and sheriff's officials declined to comment after the hearing.

Sources have said Huckaby tried to commit suicide in the week leading up to her arrest in April.

Huckaby, who also lived at the mobile home park, was arrested April 10. After listening to two weeks of testimony, a grand jury charged her July 31 with murder and three special circumstances. Those allege that the killing was committed during a kidnapping, involved a lewd or lascivious act on a child, and involved rape with a foreign object.

Lofthus sealed the autopsy report on Sandra's body in April, citing the "heinous" nature of the crime and the need to ensure a fair trial for Huckaby. Today, the judge also sealed the grand jury transcripts.

Prosecutors will decide within the next two months whether to seek lethal injection, Testa said. Huckaby is being held without bail at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/08/17/BAJ3199KBD.DTL&tsp=1
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UPDATED: Grand Jury Indicts Huckaby For Kidnapping, Rape, Murder
August 17, 2009
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Huckaby is also charged with drugging another 8 year old girl in January and a Hayward man in two unrelated cases. During today's court hearing, a plea was delayed until Huckaby's public defender, Sam Behar, could examine the Grand Jury indictment and until he can have his own experts test several pieces of physical evidence.

Prosecutors say they sought the Grand Jury indictment because proceedings are held behind closed doors. The transcripts were sealed by a judge at today's hearing. Prosecutor Tom Testa says he wanted to avoid a change of venue in the nationally publicized case.

"We really don't want to go to Imperial County or some other county with all the expense involved. We want the case to be tried locally," said Testa.

Testa asked that a trial be set for thirty days after a plea is entered. Testa said several children will be called to testify. "With children, time passes differently.. So it's very important to move the case along. Their memories fade more quickly," said Testa.

But legal analyst and former prosecutor Steven Clark says that's unlikely. "Realistically in a potential death penalty case you would never, never go to trial in 30 days," he said.

Testa also asked Judge Linda Lofthus to insure that Huckaby appear at all court hearings. He referenced an incident this morning involving Huckaby, who had several scratches on her forehead and arm. He would not elaborate because a gag order has been imposed in the case. He did talk about another case involving a jailed murder defendant who three weeks earlier also tried to avoid a hearing.

"He threatened suicide, he banged his head against the walls and Judge Lofthus ordered him to court," said Testa.

Legal analyst Clark says such actions could give the defense more ammunition for a mental incapacity defense strategy. But he also said, "If it's perceived as game plying the court's not going to look kindly on that."

Huckaby is expected to return to court on September 10th to enter a plea and possibly be assigned a date for a trial.

Article:
http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-huckabyhearing,0,5512381.story
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Huckaby Injuries Seen in Court Appearance
August 17, 2009
Updated: 1 hr ago
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The woman charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a Tracy girl last March was indicted in San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday with what appeared to be injuries to her forehead.

Although a gag order prohibits court personnel from commenting on the case, prosecutor Thomas Testa implied in court the scratches were self-inflicted to help Huckaby avoid her court appearance.

"It's very frustrating. I hope it doesn't happen again. We need to move this case along," said Testa afterward. "We have a no- nonsense judge. When she says you're coming to court, Mr. or Ms. defendant, you're coming to court."

The murder indictment carries two special circumstances: lewd and lascivious acts on a child, and rape by instrument.

The harmful substance indictments stem from charges prosecutors filed in May alleging Huckaby tried to poison a 7-year-old girl and a 37-year-old man. The girl recovered. The man has not been found.

Huckaby began crying when the indictment was read.

The district attorney's office has not determined if it will seek the death penalty against Huckaby.

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http://www.news10.net/genthumb/genthumb.ashx?e=3&h=240&w=320&i=/assetpool/images/090817061514_huckaby-court3-320.jpg

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=65310&provider=top

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nursebeeme
08-17-2009, 11:59 PM
good news. I am STILL rocked by this case...... Will we ever know a why?

Angel Who Cares
08-18-2009, 12:26 AM
Huckaby Indicted On Charges Of Murdering Tracy Girl
Posted: 2:22 pm PDT August 17, 2009
Updated: 6:38 pm PDT August 17, 2009
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Melissa Huckaby broke down in tears Monday as Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her. The reading came after prosecutors convened a grand jury last month to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial.

Lofthus said the grand jury transcript would remain sealed. No trial date has been set.

Defense attorney Sam Behar asked Lofthus to delay setting a trial date, saying he has not read the indictment or lengthy transcript because he's in the middle of another trial.

But Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said he delivered a copy of the indictment to Behar's office earlier this month. "He's had a lot of time to read this indictment," Testa told Lofthus.

The judge then proceeded to read the indictment charges to a weeping Huckaby, who appeared in court with two fresh scratches above her right eyebrow. Neither Behar nor Testa would comment on the nature of Huckaby's injuries after Monday's hearing. A gag order barring attorneys, investigators and potential witnesses from commenting on the case remains in effect.

On Monday, Huckaby entered the courtroom smiling, but her demeanor became tearful and somber as the indictment was read and debate on her next court appearance ensued.

Testa said the district attorney's office is treating the case as if it will be a death penalty case, but no decision is expected for at least two months.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury instead of holding a preliminary hearing in the case to ensure a speedy trial and avoid a possible change of venue. Testa also told Lofthus he wants a speedy trial because the case involves minors and should be made a priority.

Lofthus countered that it would be premature to set a trial within 30 days because Behar had not seen the indictment or the voluminous grand jury testimony.

"We need to do the case one time, and we need to have the case done right," the judge said. "The defense needs time to prepare."

Lofthus then scheduled a Sept. 10 hearing to discuss possible trial dates. Huckaby remains in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail.

Read The People Vs. Melissa Huckaby Indictment Yourself
http://www.ktvu.com/download/2009/0818/20438308.pdf

Video~HUCKABY TRIAL: Huckaby Pleads Not Guilty To Tracy Girl's Murder
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19740935/index.html

Video~HUCKABY TRIAL: New Charges Filed Against Huckaby
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19543783/index.html

Video~TRACY: Community, Mother Of Drugged Girl React To New Charges Against Huckaby
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19544086/index.html

Video~STOCKTON: Huckaby Set To Enter Plea For Murder Of Sandra Cantu, New Charges
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19540818/index.html

Video~SANDRA CANTU: Huckaby Delays Plea For Second Time
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19277029/index.html

Video~OAKLAND: Huckaby's Former Neighbors Suspicious Of Her After House Fires
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19265950/index.html

Video~TRACY: Huckaby Implicated In Prior Arson And Petty Theft Crimes
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19255694/index.html

Video~TRACY: Cantu's Suspected Killer May Have Drugged 7-Year-Old Girl In January
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19242367/index.html

PDF: Request For Second Autopsy Of Sandra Cantu's Body
http://www.ktvu.com/download/2009/0418/19214279.pdf

Video~SANDRA CANTU: Defense Asks For Second Autopsy On Cantu
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19213506/index.html

Video~TRACY: Small Town Celebrates The Life Of Sandra Cantu At Public Memorial
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19204700/index.html

REMEMBERING 'TRACY'S ANGEL': Video Tribute To Sandra Cantu Played At Thursday's Memorial Service
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19201556/index.html

Video~TRACY: Community Gathers At Memorial Service For Sandra Cantu
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19200102/index.html

Video~TRACY: Sandra Cantu Carried On Horse-Drawn Carriage And Laid To Rest
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19192442/index.html

PDF: Read Court Document Detailing Charges Against Melissa Huckaby
http://www.ktvu.com/download/2009/0418/19214162.pdf

Video~STOCKTON: Melissa Huckaby Makes Brief But Emotional Court Appearance
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19181258/index.html

Article:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/20435026/detail.html
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Melissa Huckaby Indicted: Sandra Cantu Murder Indictment
Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 7:39 pm
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A California grand jury has delivered a five count indictment of Melissa Huckaby; indicted for the kidnap, rape and murder of 8 year old Sandra Cantu. Back in April, Melissa Huckaby pled not guilty to killing the 8 year old who’s body had been found stuffed into a black suitcase and found in an irrigation pond near Huckaby’s home.

As well as the Sandra Cantu indictment, Melissa Huckaby was indicted for attempting to drug a 7 year old girl and a 37 year old man. Authorities say that the 7 year old recovered but are unaware of what happened to the man.

The indictment includes kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, and rape with a foreign object. Melissa Huckaby could face the death penalty if convicted of these heinous crimes. The Melissa Huckaby indictment includes new charges that surfaced in April.

An 18 year old woman said that her 7 year old sister disappeared with Huckaby and came back drugged. From ABC News:

“Her speech was slurred … like she had a really bad lisp,” the woman said of her sister. “And she would cry a lot like something was wrong with her. She couldn’t stand up without help. She couldn’t walk. Every time she tried to walk, she would fall.”

“So they took her to the hospital, and the hospital told us that she had muscle relaxants in her system,” the teenager said

The 18 year old alleges that Sandra Cantu may still be alive if authorities had taken her sister’s case more serious. Melissa Huckaby by all accounts was a decent individual, she lived with her grandparents and 5 year old; her grandfather was the pastor at a local church where Melissa Huckaby was a Sunday School teacher.

With Melissa Huckaby indicted, now comes another painful chapter to this story for the family; the trial. Perhaps this will help in the healing process for a family that has gone through something most of us can not even imagine. Melissa Huckaby’s trial date has not been set.

Learn more about the death penalty:
http://50164.smartbizsearch.com/xtr_new?q=the+death+penalty&enc=WwjPdrzkmg69eGUuiQ1RcoaQAL3FS6sFCx9qbpXkqA==

Raw footage: Melissa Huckaby arraignment April 14, 2009
YouTube - Raw footage: Melissa Huckaby arraignment

Article:
http://military.rightpundits.com/2009/08/17/melissa-huckaby-indicted-sandra-cantu-murder-indictment/
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Former Topekan Indicted in Sandra Cantu Rape, Murder
A Sunday school teacher with ties to Topeka was indicted Monday; Melissa Huckaby charged with kidnapping, raping and killing an eight year old California girl.
Posted: 11:32 PM Aug 17, 2009
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A San Joaquin County grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.

Melissa Huckaby broke down in tears Monday as Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her. The reading came after prosecutors convened a grand jury last month to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial.

Lofthus said the grand jury transcript would remain sealed. No trial date has been set.

Defense attorney Sam Behar asked Lofthus to delay setting a trial date, saying he has not read the indictment or lengthy transcript because he's in the middle of another trial.

But Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said he delivered a copy of the indictment to Behar's office earlier this month. "He's had a lot of time to read this indictment," Testa told Lofthus.

The judge then proceeded to read the indictment charges to a weeping Huckaby, who appeared in court with two fresh scratches above her right eyebrow. Neither Behar nor Testa would comment on the nature of Huckaby's injuries after Monday's hearing. A gag order barring attorneys, investigators and potential witnesses from commenting on the case remains in effect.

Huckaby in June pleaded not guilty to killing Sandra as well as to charges that she previously had drugged a 7-year-old girl and a 37-year-old man, whom police believe she had been dating. The girl and Huckaby lived in the same mobile park. She and her ex-husband used to live in the Topeka area.

Huckaby is charged with two counts of furnishing someone a harmful substance and one count of child endangerment in the drugging cases.

On Monday, Huckaby entered the courtroom smiling, but her demeanor became tearful and somber as the indictment was read and debate on her next court appearance ensued.

Testa said the district attorney's office is treating the case as if it will be a death penalty case, but no decision is expected for at least two months.

Prosecutors convened a grand jury instead of holding a preliminary hearing in the case to ensure a speedy trial and avoid a possible change of venue. Testa also told Lofthus he wants a speedy trial because the case involves minors and should be made a priority.

Lofthus countered that it would be premature to set a trial within 30 days because Behar had not seen the indictment or the voluminous grand jury testimony.

"We need to do the case one time, and we need to have the case done right," the judge said. "The defense needs time to prepare."

Lofthus then scheduled a Sept. 10 hearing to discuss possible trial dates. Huckaby remains in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail.

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Article:
http://www.wibw.com/crime/headlines/53517357.html

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Angel Who Cares
08-18-2009, 02:36 AM
VIDEO: Melissa Huckaby Indicted For Kidnapping, Raping And Murdering Sandra Cantu
http://serve.castfire.com/video/142097/142097_2009-08-17-232547.mp4

VIDEO: People In Tracy React To Huckaby Case Moving Forward
http://serve.castfire.com/video/142095/142095_2009-08-17-232501.mp4

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Angel Who Cares
08-18-2009, 05:52 PM
VIDEO: Cantu murder indictment 4:28
In Session's Jack Ford discusses the case of a woman accused of murdering and raping a young girl. Added On August 18, 2009
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2009/08/18/dcl.ford.cantu.case.cnn

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Angel Who Cares
08-18-2009, 06:02 PM
Former Sunday school teacher indicted in girl's death
updated 2:53 a.m. EDT, Tue August 18, 2009
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Melissa Huckaby, 28, is accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, who disappeared on March 27 in Tracy, California. Her body was found April 6 in a suitcase in an irrigation pond near the mobile home park where her family lived. Huckaby and her daughter, who played with Sandra, also lived in the mobile home park.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Henry Lee, who was in the courtroom in San Joaquin County on Monday as the indictment was read, told CNN:

"Melissa began weeping as the judge read the charges of murder and rape aloud. ... She was shackled and wore a red jail jumpsuit. Otherwise, she said nothing."

The grand jury heard two weeks of testimony.

In June, Huckaby pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The judge scheduled her next court appearance for September 10, giving her attorney time to review the indictment. No trial date has been set.

The rape accusations, involving special circumstances, are "grotesque to think of," Lee said.

Prosecutors will take about two more months to decide whether to seek the death penalty, because of the special circumstances.

Huckaby appeared in court with several fresh scratches on her forehead, according to Lee. She remains in the San Joaquin County Jail without bail, according to CNN affiliate KCRA.

"There were reports she tried to commit suicide in her jail cell. ... She has previously tried to commit suicide by means of swallowing razor blades," Lee added.

Sandra Cantu's body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond near where she lived.
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San Joaquin County Jail
http://topics.cnn.com/topics/san_joaquin_county_jail

Article:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/08/18/california.dead.girl/index.html

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Angel Who Cares
08-23-2009, 01:31 PM
Change of venue court cases are extremely rare
August 22, 2009
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As in most states, judges in California rarely have moved criminal trials. But this year attorneys in several high-profile cases want proceedings relocated because they believe the local jury pool has been contaminated by publicity and the prominence or heinousness of the alleged crimes.

The attorney for a white former transit cop videotaped shooting a black passenger on New Year's day in Oakland wants his murder trial moved. And a venue change request also is expected in the nationally publized case of Melissa Huckaby, a Sunday school teacher accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu this spring in the agricultural town of Tracy.

But prosecutors have taken steps to prevent that by, among other things, moving to keep grand jury transcripts sealed.

"We don't want this case tried anywhere else," San Joaquin County prosecutor Thomas Testa said. "We want it to remain right here."

Venue changes are a longshot in California, where the state Judicial Council reports that only four of the scores of requests during the past two years have been granted.

Article:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hED9R4znfezDpBuKVJccA5RCIlbAD9A828DG3
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Sandra Cantu playground dedicated in Tracy
Posted: 08/19/2009 12:17:43 PM PDT
Updated: 08/19/2009 01:16:42 PM PDT
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A PLAYGROUND in memory of Sandra Cantu has been erected at Jacobson School in Tracy, where the 8-year-old was a student until her disappearance last March.

"And the kids are just thrilled," Sasser added. "It's so popular that my husband said we should treat it like Disneyland and start offering 'fast passes' to cut down the line."

Cantu's death marked the end of the last school year, and Sasser said the Jacobson community has not forgotten the tragedy as the new year gets under way.

"Sandra is still in our hearts and is mentioned on campus often," she said. "She will always be a part of this community and this school."

Article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_13161079
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JARDINE: Vigil to mark 6th year in unsolved case
Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009
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In 1982, Boni Driskill moved her family to Modesto from East Los Angeles.

"I didn't want (my children) to be involved in gangs," Driskill said. "It was like Mayberry here back then."

Any hope of that bucolic life she sought disappeared the night of Aug. 24, 2003, when her daughter, 25-year-old Lacy Ferguson, was shot at a south Modesto convenience store. Authorities believe Ferguson was the victim of a gang attack, taking a bullet intended for someone else on the day Ferguson's daughter, Haleigh, turned 3. Ferguson died the next day in a Modesto hospital.

Six years later, Ferguson's killer remains at large and Driskill longs for answers. She will hold her annual candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Monday at Paradise Park in west Modesto to honor her daughter's memory and to keep the case alive in the media. Other victims' family members, including relatives of slain 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy, will attend.

"We hope they can get some publicity, too," Driskill said.

The reality is that after six years — and five lead sheriff's investigators — thorough detective work alone probably won't solve her daughter's case. It's going to take that plus lots of luck.

Just maybe, someone will get a conscience and the investigators will get the break they need to solve another case.

Families: Hardest part is not knowing
http://www.modbee.com/local/story/112237.html

Article:
http://www.modbee.com/2391/story/826948.html?storylink=omni_popular

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Angel Who Cares
08-25-2009, 01:30 PM
Sandra Cantu's family finds support at Modesto vigil
Monday, Aug. 24, 2009
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Driskill contacted Sandra's family shortly after the girl disappeared from her Tracy mobile home park. Driskill lost her daughter, Lacy Ferguson, in 2003, an innocent bystander in what authorities believe was a gang-related shooting at a south Modesto convenience store. Her killer has not been found.

"Somebody understood, somebody knew what we were feeling," said Sandra's grandfather, Joe Chavez. Others wanted to help, he said, but they hadn't experienced the same soul-crushing grief.

"(Boni) gave us comfort," said Sandra's mother, Maria Chavez. "She was there to support us."

On Monday evening, in a shady corner of Paradise Park in west Modesto, the Chavezes joined Driskill and other crime victims for a candlelight vigil to mark the sixth anniversary of Ferguson's death.

Chavez said he couldn't talk about Sandra's case. But the Chavezes spoke freely about Driskill and the bond they've formed with her and other members of Wings of Protection. Susan Levy, mother of 2001 murder victim Chandra Levy, helped start the support group. Driskill joined a few years ago.

Joe Chavez said Driskill offered something that other people couldn't: true understanding. "It's all about experiencing the death and grief that never ends," he said.

At Monday's vigil, family members of murder victims stood up one by one to say aloud the names of their loved ones. A gallery of loss stood nearby. A poster-sized photo of Sandra Cantu was propped next to framed collages of Ferguson. The family of murder victim Nancy Arellano added a photo as well.

"It's hard for us to say anything because we're still too much involved in this loss, but we wanted to be here to support the other victims," Joe Chavez said after the vigil. "It's a club nobody wants to belong to."

Lacy Ferguson's daughter, Haleigh, and Lacy's mom, Boni Driskill, talk about Ferguson at the vigil honoring Ferguson at Paradise Park in Modesto, August. 24, 2009.
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Boni Driskill wears a piece of paper taped to the back of her T-shirt for her daughter that reads "In Loving Memory Lacy Marie Ferguson, 1978 - 2008 Always in our Hearts," while Ciara Sterans sings at the vigil honoring 2003 murder victim Lacy Ferguson at Paradise Park in Modesto, August. 24, 2009.
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At center, Susan Levy, mother of Chandra Levy aids Boni Driskill during the start of the ceremony where everyone gathers and holds hands at the vigil honoring 2003 murder victim Lacy Ferguson at Paradise Park in Modesto, August. 24, 2009.
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Article:
http://www.modbee.com/local/story/828755.html

Angel Who Cares
08-26-2009, 11:10 AM
Attorneys in the Mehserle and Huckaby cases face long odds in trying to have trials moved
Venue changes rare in court proceedings
Posted: 08/25/2009 03:07:46 PM PDT
Updated: 08/25/2009 08:48:44 PM PDT
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As in most states, judges in California rarely move criminal trials. But this year attorneys in several high-profile cases want proceedings relocated because they believe the local jury pool has been contaminated by publicity and the prominence or heinousness of the alleged crimes.

In addition to the Mehserle case, a venue-change request also is expected in the case of Melissa Huckaby, a Sunday school teacher accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu this spring in Tracy.

But prosecutors have taken steps to prevent that by, among other things, moving to keep grand jury transcripts sealed.

"We don't want this case tried anywhere else," San Joaquin County prosecutor Thomas Testa said. "We want it to remain right here."

Venue changes are a long shot in California, where the state Judicial Council reports that only four of the scores of requests during the past two years have been granted.

"It's rare everywhere. Very, very rare," said Robert Weisberg, a law professor and director of the Criminal Justice Center at Stanford University. "The court system does not like it, because they're very complicated and expensive."

Article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/localnews/ci_13201226

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Angel Who Cares
09-03-2009, 07:05 PM
Melissa Huckaby, suspect in Sandra Cantu case, acted oddly and tried to harm herself in jail
Posted: 09/03/2009 01:49:09 PM PDT
Updated: 09/03/2009 03:56:58 PM PDT
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Melissa Huckaby acted strangely and apparently tried to harm herself in the days leading up to her last court appearance, San Joaquin County Court records show.

Jail records in Huckaby's court file said that two days before her most recent court hearing on Aug. 17, Huckaby was found hiding behind the mattress in her cell with a blanket tied around her neck. She was taken to the safety cell, the records showed, and later that day she refused to eat dinner.

On Aug. 12, a deputy reported seeing Huckaby sitting next to her bed with a trash can. When asked what was wrong Huckaby replied, "I took pills."

She was taken by ambulance for treatment. That incident took place about an hour and half after she was found lying on the floor in her cell. She told the deputy that she had felt dizzy and passed out. Huckaby was checked by a nurse, and psychiatric staff was called to the scene.

Huckaby had two unexplained scratches on her forehead when she showed up Aug. 17 to hear the five-count indictment against her. Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa asked the judge during that hearing to order Huckaby to attend all her court hearings.

Huckaby is scheduled to return to court Sept. 10 in Stockton to enter a plea. A public defender has been assigned to her case, but a gag order prevents parties from speaking to the media.

The District Attorney's Office will decide whether to pursue the death penalty on the case in the next month or two, Testa said at Huckaby's last hearing.

Article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/top-stories/ci_13262766

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Angel Who Cares
09-04-2009, 07:57 PM
Decision on death penalty looms
Word on fate of Huckaby may come next week
September 04, 2009 12:01 AM
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Prosecutors could announce as early as next week if they plan to seek a death sentence against Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy woman charged with raping and murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

An ever-growing file at the San Joaquin County Superior Court gives some insight into the case that continues to resonate with San Joaquin County residents.

Sixteen FBI agents and 20 Tracy police officers participated in the investigation of Sandra's March 27 disappearance from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park. About 75 witnesses testified before the grand jury that indicted Huckaby.

The file also gives some answers to two bright red scratches above Huckaby's right eye seen Aug. 17 in her last court appearance, the Contra Costa Times reported Thursday.

Records say that two days before the hearing, jailers found Huckaby hiding behind a mattress in her cell and she had tied a blanket around her neck. She also refused to eat dinner, the newspaper reported.

A nurse and psychiatrist checked her out Aug. 12. A jailer noticed Huckaby next to her bed with a trash can and asked what was wrong. Huckaby said, "I took pills." Huckaby told jailers she felt dizzy and passed out, the story says.

In Huckaby's last court appearance, Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus told Huckaby that she had to be at all of her hearings. The judge and attorneys hinted at her misbehavior at the jail but gave no specifics in the hearing.

"Hopefully, that doesn't happen again," Lofthus said at the time.

Huckaby's attorney, San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar, is expected to enter a plea on his client's behalf in the hearing set for Thursday. The judge could set a date for Huckaby's trial then.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090904/A_NEWS/909040321/-1/NEWSMAP
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Huckaby acted up in jail, possibly tried to kill herself
Sep 04, 2009
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Tracy murder suspect Melissa Huckaby acted up and tried to hurt herself before her last court hearing, according to San Joaquin County jail records.

An incident report from the jail says that a couple days before her Aug. 17 court hearing, Huckaby hid behind a mattress and wrapped a blanket around her neck. She was taken to a “safety cell” and refused to eat dinner.

An Aug. 12 report says that a deputy found Huckaby lying on the floor by her bed. She said she felt dizzy and then passed out. The jail ordered a psychiatric nurse to check up on the inmate.

About a half-hour later, another jail employee found Huckaby sitting next to her bed with a trash can. When the employee asked her what was wrong, Huckaby replied, “I took pills,” according to the incident report. An ambulance took her to a doctor for treatment, records show.

Huckaby apparently acted up the morning of her last court appearance in an attempt to get out of going to the proceeding. She showed up in court with a couple fresh scratches on her forehead and on her left forearm.

More than 70 people testified before a secret grand jury that charged Huckaby with murder and three enhancements that could qualify her for the death penalty: kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts on a child and rape by instrument. A separate count charges her with having sex with a child younger than 10.

Huckaby has yet to enter a plea, and is due in court on Sept. 10 in Stockton. A gag order bars anyone involved with the case from speaking publicly about it.

Prosecutor Thomas Testa said at the last hearing that the case is a death penalty case until otherwise indicated.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Huckaby+acted+up+in+jail-+possibly+tried+to+kill+herself%20&id=3529088-Huckaby+acted+up+in+jail-+possibly+tried+to+kill+herself&instance=home_news_bullets

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Angel Who Cares
09-09-2009, 10:05 PM
Melissa Huckaby, suspect in Sandra Cantu case, acted oddly and tried to harm herself in jail
Posted: 09/03/2009 01:47:44 PM PDT
Updated: 09/03/2009 08:24:56 PM PDT
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Jail records in Huckaby's court file said that two days before her most recent court hearing on Aug. 17, Huckaby was found hiding behind the mattress in her cell with a blanket tied around her neck. She was taken to the safety cell, the records said, and later that day she refused to eat dinner.

On Aug. 12, a deputy reported seeing Huckaby sitting next to her bed with a trash can. When asked what was wrong Huckaby replied, "I took pills."

She was taken by ambulance for treatment. That incident took place about an hour and half after she was found lying on the floor in her cell. She told the deputy that she had felt dizzy and passed out. Huckaby was checked by a nurse, and psychiatric staff was called to the scene.

Huckaby had two unexplained scratches on her forehead when she showed up Aug. 17 to hear the five-count indictment against her. Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa asked the judge during that hearing to order Huckaby to attend all her court hearings.

Huckaby had reportedly tried to hurt herself before. According to court documents filed by her ex-husband seeking the custody of their daughter, Huckaby tried to commit suicide by swallowing three razor blades shortly after Sandra's body was found April 6. The Tracy second-grader was last seen March 27 and her body was found 10 days later in a suitcase in a pond not far from the mobile home park where Huckaby and Sandra lived.

Huckaby is scheduled to return to court Sept. 10 in Stockton to enter a plea. A public defender has been assigned to her case, but a gag order prevents parties from speaking to the media.

The District Attorney's Office will decide whether to pursue the death penalty on the case in the next month or two, Testa said at Huckaby's last hearing.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/topstories/ci_13262753
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Sandra Cantu case: Reports indicate Melissa Huckaby may have tried to kill herself in jail
September 8, 3:31 PM
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Jail records indicate that the accused killer of Sandra Cantu tried to injure herself prior to her last court hearing.

The jail reports that before her Aug. 17 hearing, Huckaby wrapped a blanket around her neck and hid behind a mattress. Tracy Press reports she was taken to a “safety cell” and refused to eat. When she appeared in court she had fresh scratches on her left forearm and forehead.

Reports also say that on Aug. 12, a deputy found Huckaby lying on the floor, claiming she felt dizzy and had passed out. A psychiatric nurse was called to check on her mental well being.

Only a half an hour later, Huckaby was sitting next to a bed with a trash can. A jail employee asked what was wrong and she replied, “I took pills.” She was taken to a doctor for treatment.

Article:
http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner~y2009m9d8-Sandra-Cantu-case-Reports-indicate-Melissa-Huckaby-may-have-tried-to-kill-herself-in-jail
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Huckaby Refused Food, 'Took Pills'
Woman Charged In Tracy Girl's Murder
Updated 12:30 PM PDT, Wed, Sep 9, 2009
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A Tracy woman charged with murdering and raping an 8-year-old girl has been displaying strange behavior in jail, according to reports.

Huckaby's behavior in August prompted four different jail incident reports.

On Aug. 12, a custody officer wrote at 2:30 p.m., "I found Huckaby laying on the floor next to her bed. [She] stated that she felt dizzy and passed out."

At 3 p.m. that day, an officer noted, "I saw Huckaby sitting next to her bed w/ trash can. When I asked her what wrong she replied, 'I took pills.'"

On Aug. 16 at 4:45 p.m., a report said, "Inmate Huckaby was hiding behind mattress w/ blanket around her neck. To safety cell per psych."

At 5:15 p.m. that day, the report said that Huckaby had refused dinner.

Because there is a gag order in place, no one is commenting on the incidents.

That same gag order has kept Cantu's autopsy report sealed.

During the past eight months, the San Joaquin County district attorney has already indicated that it is trying to speed the case along and will seek a trial date.

Article:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/-Huckaby-Refused-Food-Took-Pills--58146752.html

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Angel Who Cares
09-10-2009, 11:27 AM
CA girl's alleged killer could learn trial date
Posted: 09/10/2009 08:10:25 AM PDT
Updated: 09/10/2009 08:10:25 AM PDT
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Northern California woman charged with kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old girl and drugging two other people is expected back in court.
Melissa Huckaby may learn Thursday when she could go to trial for the murder of Sandra Cantu. The girl's body was found stuffed in a suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond in April.

In July, a grand jury indicted the 28-year-old former Sunday school teacher. A Superior Court judge then gave Huckaby's defense lawyer two months to review the indictment and return to court to discuss a possible trial dates.

Prosecutors want a speedy trial because the case involves a minor.

Huckaby has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sandra and to charges she drugged a 7-year-old girl and 37-year-old man.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_13307088
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Huckaby's Strange Behavior While Awaiting Trial
Suspected child killer Melissa Huckaby is expected in a San Joaquin County courtroom Thursday.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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Huckaby is accused of murdering her daughter's playmate, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu back in April. The little girl's body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond near the town of Tracy.

Huckaby is expected to enter a plea Thursday. The judge could set a trial date as well.

VIDEO: Huckaby's Strange Behavior While Awaiting Trial
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/video?id=7007538

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=7005065

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Angel Who Cares
09-10-2009, 01:21 PM
UPDATED: Prosecutors To Seek Death Sentence In Cantu Murder
Posted: 9:52 am PDT September 10, 2009
Updated: 2:20 pm PDT September 10, 2009
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San Joaquin County deputy district attorney Thomas Testa announced the decision during a court hearing in the case. At that same brief hearing, Huckaby once again pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment against her.

Former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Jim Hammer said the death penalty decision means the prosecution has a strong case against the 28-year-old.

“Death cases are different,” Hammer said. “ In normal cases you have to be beyond a reasonable doubt, in a death case, if you even have a shadow of a doubt, jurors can vote not guilty.”

Hammer also predicted the upcoming trial would be full of strange twists and turns.

“This crime seems so strange,” Hammer told KTVU. “As a prosecutor for 25 years, I have never heard of anything like this -- a rape or the sexual assault of a kid -- then the murder of your kid’s playmate -- it just sounds so bizarre. I’ve got to ask – Was there someone else? I think there are going to be a lot of surprises at the trial.”

Recently, reports have surfaced that Huckaby may have tried to harm herself in her jail cell. Authorities said she has been discovered with a blanket wrapped around her neck and on another occasion had told jail officials she had “taken pills” and was taken for a medical examination.

“If there is overwhelming evidence against someone what do you have left – the insanity defense,” Hammer said. “When someone starts acting crazy that plays into it. It raises the question of what frame of mind was she in when she committed the crime…And did she do it alone?”

VIDEO~ HUCKABY TRIAL: Huckaby Pleads Not Guilty To Tracy Girl's Murder
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19740935/index.html

Article:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/20834789/detail.html
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Court date may be set today for Melissa Huckaby
Posted: 09/10/2009 10:55:03 AM PDT
Updated: 09/10/2009 11:04:23 AM PDT
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A trial date may also be set for Huckaby when she appears in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton. The plea hearing is expected to begin at 12:30 p.m. In June, Huckaby pleaded not guilty to murder charges brought by the San Joaquin County District Attorney; the grand jury indictment supersedes those charges.

The grand jury also indicted her for child endangerment and furnishing a harmful substance for a case involving another Tracy girl and furnishing a harmful substance to a 37-year-old Hayward man. Those cases are unrelated to Sandra's death.

Sandra was last seen March 27, and her body was found 10 days later in a suitcase in a pond not far from the mobile home park where Huckaby and Sandra lived. Sandra was a playmate of Huckaby's daughter.

According to records from the San Joaquin County Jail, where Huckaby is being held without bail, Huckaby had been acting strangely and may have tried to harm herself in the days leading up to her last appearance.

Jail records in Huckaby's court file said that on Aug. 15, Huckaby was found hiding behind the mattress in her cell with a blanket tied around her neck. She was taken to the safety cell, the records showed, and later that day she refused to eat dinner.

On Aug. 12, a deputy reported seeing Huckaby sitting next to her bed with a trash can. When asked what was wrong Huckaby replied, "I took pills."

Huckaby had reportedly tried to hurt herself before. According to court documents filed by her former husband seeking the custody of their daughter, Huckaby tried to commit suicide by swallowing three razor blades shortly after Sandra's body was found.

Article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_13308078
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UPDATED: DA: Death Penalty For Huckaby
Woman Accused Of Killing Sandra Cantu
POSTED: 1:12 pm PDT September 10, 2009
UPDATED: 2:47 pm PDT September 10, 2009
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The San Joaquin County district attorney is seeking the death penalty against former Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby, who is charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu.

A grand jury indicted 28-year-old Huckaby in July in connection with the death, and she pleaded not guilty to charges on Thursday.

Huckaby in June pleaded not guilty to charges brought by the district attorney, but the grand jury indictment superceded the DA's charges.

Huckaby asked for a new attorney in her case on Thursday, but the judge denied her request.

A trial date for Huckaby has not been set.

The prosecution wants the trial to start within the next 60 to 90 days, but the defense said it wants the trial to start in about a year and a half. The judge said she is inclined to start it in March.

VIDEO: Huckaby's Behavior In Jail Noted
http://www.kcra.com/video/20801707/index.html

Video: Huckaby Appears In Court With Cuts On Body
http://www.kcra.com/video/20438187/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/20838293/detail.html
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Prosecutors to Seek the Death Penalty for Melissa Huckaby in Sandra Cantu Murder
9/10/2009 1:20:00 PM
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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Melissa Huckaby, the Sunday School teacher charged with kidnapping, rape, and murder in the disappearance and death of eight-year old Sandra Cantu.

KRON 4's Kate Thompson says Huckaby had no visible reaction when the San Joaquin County prosecutors made the announcement. Kate says Huckaby did smile at her family when she entered the courtroom.

The court is now hearing Huckaby's request to remove her lawyers from the case. That hearing is going on behind closed doors.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for more details of the Huckaby case.

Article:
http://www.kron4.com/News/ArticleView/tabid/298/smid/1126/ArticleID/3030/reftab/36/t/Prosecutors%20to%20Seek%20the%20Death%20Penalty%20 for%20Melissa%20Huckaby%20in%20Sandra%20Cantu%20Mu rder/Default.aspx
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DA will seek death penalty for Huckaby
Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 1:28 PM
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The District Attorney will seek the death penalty for the woman accused of kidnapping and killing an 8-year-old Tracy girl.

A private hearing is underway. It is believed that Huckaby wants to fire her attorney. She had sent a letter to the judge, which was not opened, but it is believed that it was of the same subject matter.

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=7008604
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Prosecutor to seek death for Huckaby
September 10, 2009 1:07 PM
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The district attorney told a judge today in court that he will seek the death penalty against Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy woman accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu earlier this year.

At the court proceeding today, Huckaby requested a Marsden hearing, where she is asking the judge to give her a new attorney. She is currently being represented by public defender Sam Behar. The hearing is going on now, and no reason was given for her request.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090910/A_NEWS/909109988
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State Seeks Death Penalty for Melissa Huckaby
September 10, 2009
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The District Attorney for San Joaquin County say they will seek the death penalty against a Tracy woman accused of killing an 8-year-old Tracy girl in March.

Huckaby was indicted by a grand jury on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder at a court hearing in August.

During her court hearing Thursday afternoon, Huckaby reportedly petitioned the judge to have her current court-appointed attorney fired and replaced with a new attorney. The court-appointed attorney had previously entered a "not guilty" plea on Huckaby's behalf.

Article:
http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-huckaby,0,1092459.story

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Angel Who Cares
09-10-2009, 05:03 PM
DA To Seek Death Penalty Against Melissa Huckaby
Sep 10, 2009 1:21 pm US/Pacific
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Two big developments in the murder case against Melissa Huckaby who is accused of killing an 8-year-old Tracy girl. Huckaby learned she will face the death penalty in Sandra Cantu's death. At the same time, Huckaby attempted to fire her attorney.

In a court hearing today, the 28-year-old former Sunday School teacher showed no emotion as San Joaquin County prosecutor Thomas Testa told the court Thursday of his office's intention to seek the death penalty.
Huckaby also asked a judge to fire her court appointed attorney, but the judge would not allow it.

Article:
http://cbs13.com/crime/huckaby.death.penalty.2.1174818.html
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Death sought in case of CA girl found in suitcase
15 minutes ago
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Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a Northern California woman charged with kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old girl whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

Melissa Huckaby has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sandra Cantu as well as to charges she drugged two other people.

The 28-year-old former Sunday school teacher showed no emotion Thursday as San Joaquin County prosecutor Thomas Testa told a court his office would seek the death penalty.

Sandra's family also attended the hearing.

Also Thursday, Huckaby asked the judge for a new attorney, and possible trial dates were being discussed.

Article:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ifqBl1kMWh5a56KV4n_NalxeBJEgD9AKMCBO2

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Angel Who Cares
09-10-2009, 05:10 PM
San Joaquin seeking death in Sandra Cantu case
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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(09-10) 14:05 PDT STOCKTON -- San Joaquin County prosecutors will ask for the death penalty for the Sunday school teacher accused of raping and murdering an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter in Tracy, authorities said today.

Melissa Huckaby, 28, was indicted in July on a murder charge and three special circumstances in the death of Sandra Cantu - including that she killed during the commission of a rape - that make her eligible for execution if convicted. Huckaby was also accused of sexually assaulting a child under 10.

The decision to seek lethal execution was made by District Attorney James Willett, who consulted with attorneys in his office as well as Sandra's family, authorities said.

Huckaby pleaded not guilty at a hearing today in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton. Judge Linda Lofthus revealed that the defense had hired a change-of-venue expert from Chico State University, suggesting that Huckaby wants to move her trial elsewhere.

Huckaby also sought to remove her lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar, from the case, but Lofthus denied the motion. The reason for Huckaby's request was not explained, and a gag order prevents lawyers from talking about the case outside court.

Huckaby will return to court Sept. 25, at which time the judge could set a trial date, possibly in March.

Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/10/BA8S19L7AA.DTL&tsp=1
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DA To Seek Death Penalty In Sandra Cantu Killing
Sep 10, 2009 2:13 pm US/Pacific
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Prosecutors said Thursday that they will seek the death penalty for a Tracy woman charged with kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old girl whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

Melissa Huckaby has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sandra Cantu as well as to charges she drugged two other people.

The 28-year-old former Sunday School teacher showed no emotion as San Joaquin County prosecutor Thomas Testa told the court Thursday of his office's intention to seek the death penalty.

Sandra Cantu's family also attended the hearing Thursday.

Also Thursday, Huckaby asked the judge for a new attorney and
possible trial dates were being discussed.

RAW VIDEO: SF DA Harris On Death Penatly Decision 09/10/09
http://cbs5.com/video/?id=55172@kpix.dayport.com

Article:
http://cbs5.com/crime/huckaby.death.penalty.2.1175433.html
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Indictment Against Melissa Huckaby (PDF)
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Indictment_-_People_vs_Melissa_Huckaby_SF112495A.pdf
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DA Seeks Death Penalty for Former Sunday School Teacher Melissa Huckaby
Huckaby Is Charged With Brutal Murder, Rape of 8-Year-Old Sandra Cantu
Sept. 10, 2009
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Melissa Huckaby, the California Sunday schoolteacher charged with kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu last March, could face the death penalty if convicted, prosecutors said today.

San Joaquin County District Attorney James P. Willett said in court today that he will seek capital punishment for 28-year-old Huckaby.

Huckaby, who was at the hearing, "showed no emotion" as Willett announced his intentions, but did say she wanted to fire her attorney, according to The Associated Press. Huckaby did not give a reason for her decision for wanting new representation.

At today's hearing, Huckaby had visible marks on her forehead, ABC News Sacramento affiliate KXTV reported. A prosecutor indicated Huckaby made the marks herself earlier in the day.

Everyone connected to the Huckaby case, including police, potential witnesses and lawyers for both sides, have been silenced under a gag order. Autopsy results and most court motions also remain sealed, giving little information about what kind of evidence the state has against Huckaby or exactly how Sandra Cantu died.

Article:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/death-penalty-alleged-sandra-cantu-murderer-melissa-huckaby/story?id=8541102
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Prosecutors to seek death; Huckaby fails to fire her attorney
Sep 10, 2009
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Melissa Huckaby, 28, was indicted in July on charges that she murdered Sandra during commission of rape, and drugged two other people. She pleaded not guilty today to the charges after a hearing where she tried to fire her attorney, public defender Sam Behar. Her request — made in private while the prosecutor, the public and reporters waited outside — was denied and her reasons for wanting another attorney were undisclosed.

San Joaquin County District Attorney James Willett made the decision to seek execution after consulting attorneys and Sandra’s family, prosecutor Thomas Testa said.

Judge Linda Lofthus disclosed during today’s hearing that the defense had consulted a change-of-venue expert from Chico State University, which means Behar may file a request to move Huckaby’s trial to another county.

Lofthus also said that Huckaby sent her a letter since her last hearing, which the judge refused to read until both attorneys saw a copy of it. Testa placed the letter face-up on a table during the hearing. It appeared to be a one-page handwritten missive, penned on a leaf of binder paper. What the letter said wasn’t explained, and a gag order prevents anyone officially involved in the case from talking about the case outside of court.

Huckaby was ordered back to court on Sept. 25, when a judge may set a trial date, possibly sometime in March.

Testa asked for a January trial date because he plans to call on witnesses who are 7 or 8 years old, children who used to play with Sandra or go to school with the girl, he told the judge. If the date is too far off, their memories may fade. But Behar said he would rather have the trial start in a year-and-a-half, especially since it’s now a capital punishment case. Behar said he still has to finish reading nearly 1,800 pages of transcripts from a grand jury hearing, which the judge decided should remain sealed.

Huckaby remained calm in court today, and waved quickly at her family on her way out. Several members of Sandra’s family attended, too, accompanied by friends and their attorney.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Prosecutors+to+seek+death-+Huckaby+fails+to+fire+her+attorney%20&id=3570187-Prosecutors+to+seek+death-+Huckaby+fails+to+fire+her+attorney&instance=home_news_lead_story

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Angel Who Cares
09-11-2009, 09:02 AM
Sunday school teacher to face death in child's killing
updated 9:59 p.m. EDT, Thu September 10, 2009
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Huckaby is charged with kidnapping and murdering Sandra, according to the indictment, along with lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and rape by instrument. She pleaded not guilty in June, but entered another not guilty plea on Thursday at a hearing, minutes of which were provided to CNN by a court spokeswoman.

Prosecutors said at the hearing Thursday they plan to seek the death penalty.

A gag order has been imposed on parties in the case. Superior Court Judge Linda L. Lofthus has also sealed documents in the case, including the autopsy and toxicology reports and documents relating to a defense motion to exhume Sandra's body.

Huckaby remains jailed without bail. A hearing was set for September 25.

Article:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/10/huckaby.death.penalty/

Angel Who Cares
09-11-2009, 09:27 AM
Sandra Cantu case: Prosecutors seek death penalty against Melissa Huckaby
Posted: 09/10/2009 10:05:11 PM PDT
Updated: 09/10/2009 10:19:49 PM PDT
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"The People are seeking the death penalty in this case," Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa told San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus. The decision, he said, was made by District Attorney James Willett in consultation with the office's homicide unit and Sandra's family.

Huckaby is expected to return to court Sept. 25, when Lofthus may set a trial date. The delay in picking a trial date frustrated Testa, who wanted a date to be set Thursday for a trial to begin sometime in January. Public Defender Sam Behar countered he was not ready, saying he expected he would be ready in 18 months, which he said was reasonable.

The judge said she thought 11/2 years excessive and January too early. She told the court she was looking for a March trial date.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_13313221

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Angel Who Cares
09-11-2009, 09:41 AM
28-year-old the first woman in San Joaquin County in more than 100 years to possibly be executed
Huckaby to face the death penalty
September 11, 2009 12:00 AM
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Prosecutors said Thursday that they will seek the death penalty against Tracy's Melissa Huckaby, making her the first San Joaquin County woman in more than 100 years to go on trial for her life.

If convicted and sentenced to death, Huckaby, 28, would join 16 condemned inmates housed on the state's death row for women at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.

"The people are seeking the death penalty in this case," San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said bluntly. District Attorney James Willett made the final decision before Testa walked into court.

Huckaby's face showed no emotion at news of her possible fate. She has appeared in past courtroom hearings teary-eyed and bruised from apparent jailhouse mishaps.

"We enter a plea of not guilty and deny all of the enhancements," San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar said, speaking on behalf of Huckaby.

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SR&Date=20090911&Category=A_NEWS&ArtNo=909110321&Ref=AR&maxW=600

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SR&Date=20090911&Category=A_NEWS&ArtNo=909110321&Ref=V1&maxW=600

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SR&Date=20090911&Category=A_NEWS&ArtNo=909110321&Ref=H2&maxW=600

VIDEO: Melissa Huckaby to face death penalty
Published at: September 10, 2009 03:58 PM
The San Joaquin County district attorney will seek the death penalty for Melissa Huckaby, who is accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa and others discussed the Huckaby case and her efforts to fire her attorney following a Sept. 10 court hearing.
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=videoplayer&vid=599

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090911/A_NEWS/909110321#STS=fzgyt8st.1sco
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VIDEO REPORT: DA To Seek Death Penalty In Sandra Cantu Killing
http://cbs5.com/video/?id=55195@kpix.dayport.com

VIDEO REPORT: Not Guilty Plea Entered In Sandra Cantu Murder
http://cbs5.com/video/?id=51365@kpix.dayport.com

VIDEO REPORT: Melissa Huckaby's Ex-Husband Wins Custody Battle
http://cbs5.com/video/?id=52464@kpix.dayport.com

VIDEO REPORT: Melissa Huckaby Had No Visable Reaction To Death Penatly Announcement
http://serve.castfire.com/video/156041/156041_2009-09-10-233141.mp4

VIDEO: REPORT: Prosecutors to Seek the Death Penalty for Melissa Huckaby in Sandra Cantu Murder
http://serve.castfire.com/video/156033/156033_2009-09-10-230636.mp4
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UPDATED: DA will seek death penalty for Huckaby
Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 7:26 PM
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Not a single woman in California has been executed in 47 years, but on Thursday murder defendant Melissa Huckaby learned she will face the death penalty if convicted in the killing of a young girl from Tracy.

"The final decision was made today," said San Joaquin County prosecutor Thomas Testa.

"These tasks are taken very seriously. It's a momentous decision, whether to seek the death penalty or not," said Testa. "We all took it real seriously, discussed at great length, over many days."

"It's been my practice to move a case along as quickly as possible, so that people can testify about events while those events are fresh in their minds, especially when you have minor or child witnesses," said Testa.

"And that may be the big problem between Melissa Huckaby and her attorney is that more wasn't done to avoid the death penalty in this case," said legal analyst Steven Smith.

VIDEO REPORT: DA will seek death penalty for Huckaby
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=7009245

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=7008604

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Angel Who Cares
09-12-2009, 10:59 AM
DA seeks death in Cantu case 5:49
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/09/11/jvm.huckaby.update.cnn

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Angel Who Cares
09-20-2009, 10:32 PM
*NOTE: Very interesting article to read....more at link!

Could gender spare Huckaby?
Death penalty seldom meted out to women
September 20, 2009 12:00 AM
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California's death row for women holds 16 inmates at a remote prison in Chowchilla. They're convicted of murdering other women, their husbands, their children and other people's children.

Prosecutors in Stockton believe one more woman belongs among their ranks - 28-year-old Melissa Chantel Huckaby of Tracy.

"Any good defense attorney has to think there's a reasonable chance that happened," he said. "If that is the case, she's not going to be executed."

"A jury isn't going to be very sympathetic to her situation," Clark said. "I don't see it's an advantage for her being a woman."

Statistics point in a different direction. For every California woman condemned to die, there are nearly 43 men.

Huckaby is due back in a Stockton courtroom Friday, when San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus is expected to set a trial date. The prosecution wants to begin early next year.

Still, Huckaby's ultimate fate may not be known for months or years. Even if she receives a death sentence, capital punishment in California remains in a holding pattern because of another case involving a San Joaquin County resident.

Woman On California's Death Row~ View Interactive:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=A_SPECIAL11

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090920/A_NEWS/909200310/-1/NEWSMAP#STS=fzulgnjx.lvo

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Angel Who Cares
09-25-2009, 09:19 AM
Melissa Huckaby trial date may be set Friday
Posted: 09/24/2009 05:15:15 PM PDT
Updated: 09/24/2009 09:45:10 PM PDT
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Melissa Huckaby, 28, is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. in a Stockton courtroom where her public defender Sam Behar is expected to say when he is available for trial on the capital case.

Huckaby entered a not guilty plea Sept. 10 on an indictment charging her with murder with three enhancements: kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and rape by instrument. It issued a second count of a sex crime with a child 10 years or younger.

Before she entered a plea, Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa announced that the District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty if the former Sunday school teacher is convicted.

At her last hearing, Huckaby had tried to dump Behar, but the judge denied her request. Judge Linda Lofthus ordered the transcript of that hearing sealed. Also sealed are the grand jury transcripts. In July more than 70 testified in the secret proceedings, where the defendant does not attend. The grand jury handed down its five-count indictment July 31. Huckaby was arraigned on the indictment Aug. 17.

Article:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/crime-courts/ci_13413863
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No trial date set in Melissa Huckaby case
Judge: 'It's premature to set a trial date today"
Posted: 09/24/2009 05:15:15 PM PDT
Updated: 09/25/2009 11:35:57 AM PDT
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It'll take a least a couple more months before a trial date is set for the Tracy woman accused of killing and raping 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

"It's premature to set a trial date today," San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus said in a hearing for Melissa Huckaby.

Instead, parties will return to court for a progress report Oct. 30 and another hearing Dec. 4, when a trial date may be set.

Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa is anxious for a date to be set, saying some of the witnesses are children whose memories fade over time. However, Huckaby's attorney, Sam Behar, had previously asked for more time, saying the case was complex.

Behar and Huckaby met privately with Lofthus for about an hour this morning, where Behar made his case against setting a trial date today.

Lofthus did not disclose Behar's reasons, but said, "I do not think they were unreasonable in any way."

Huckaby, in a red prison jumpsuit and shackled at the waist and wrist, sat quietly throughout the proceedings. At one point, she was laughing and smiling with Behar.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/topstories/ci_13413863

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Salem
09-25-2009, 11:19 AM
We should have follow up news on this in about 45 minutes if the media stays on top of it. I am hoping she goes to trial in March 2010. The sooner the better.

Prayers to Sandra and her family,

Salem

Angel Who Cares
09-25-2009, 03:30 PM
No special treatment for kids in Huckaby trial
Friday, September 25, 2009
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A judge rejected a motion today by the Tracy Sunday school teacher accused of raping and murdering her daughter's 8-year-old playmate to have child witnesses undergo questioning before the trial.

Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa has been urging Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus for several months to set a trial date, arguing that the alleged drugging victim and other child witnesses in the case should testify sooner rather than later because their memories could fade.

In court today, Huckaby's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar, cited the prosecutor's desire to move the case along in asking that the children undergo "conditional examinations," in which responses to attorneys' questions are videotaped and shown later to the jury.

Testa called the defense move a delaying tactic and asked the judge to identify "at least a season" for the trial so he could get his witnesses prepared.

The prosecutor said he objected to conditional examinations because he didn't know what Huckaby's defense could be, whether she will plead insanity, invoke mental illness or say, "My boyfriend made me do it." Huckaby scrunched her brows in confusion at that remark.

The judge ordered everyone to return to court Oct. 30 and Dec. 4 to provide progress reports and said she expected to set a trial date after the latter hearing.

Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/25/BAEQ19SLI4.DTL&tsp=1
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Trial date elusive in Huckaby case
September 25, 2009 1:14 PM
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The attorney for Tracy's Melissa Huckaby made an impassioned plea in court today, scoring a minor victory by convincing a judge to give him more time before setting the date for his client's death penalty trial.

San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar's face flushed and his voice rose as he told the judge that he could not begin the trial as quickly as the prosecution pushed for in a motion filed with the court.

“That motion is frivolous, preposterous and I think an affront to due process,” Behar said. “I don't know how the court can regard that in any other way.”

Instead, it could be December before Lofthus considers setting a trial date.

Huckaby and her attorney are expected in court to give the judge a progress report in late October and early December.

Read Saturday's Record for more on this story by staff writer Scott Smith.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090925/A_NEWS/909259993#STS=g01hfa37.uzp
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UPDATED: No Trial Date Yet In Huckaby Case
Woman Accused Of Cantu Slaying
POSTED: 5:57 am PDT September 25, 2009
UPDATED: 1:09 pm PDT September 25, 2009
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Huckaby's defense met privately with a judge in Stockton, making a case for delaying the proceedings.

The judge said picking a date now could set up a situation where any conviction may be overturned.

Both the defense and prosecution are expected to return Oct. 30 to lay out what they have done and what they need to do.

On Dec. 4, the judge expects to offer a realistic date for trial.

"We'd like to move this forward in a reasonable amount of time," deputy district attorney Robert Himelblau said.

Cantu's family who were in court Friday -- her mother, father, aunt and uncle -- appeared to be visibly upset by the delay.

Huckaby appeared to have lost a little weight since her appearance in court a couple weeks ago, but over all she seems to have put on 20 to 25 pounds since her arrest.

Huckaby was seen smiling and laughing Friday with her attorney, whom only two weeks ago she tried to fire.

NEW! Video: Huckaby Smiling, Laughing In Court
http://www.kcra.com/video/21117419/index.html

Video: Huckaby's Behavior In Jail Noted
http://www.kcra.com/video/20801707/index.html

Video: DA To Seek Death For Huckaby
http://www.kcra.com/video/20843510/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/21112816/detail.html
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REMEMBERING 'TRACY'S ANGEL': Video Tribute To Sandra Cantu Played At Memorial Service
http://www.ktvu.com/video/19201556/index.html

SLIDESHOW: Remembering A Little Girl Named Sandra
http://www.ktvu.com/slideshow/news/19068177/detail.html

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Soulscape
09-25-2009, 04:05 PM
....

The prosecutor said he objected to conditional examinations because he didn't know what Huckaby's defense could be, whether she will plead insanity, invoke mental illness or say, "My boyfriend made me do it." Huckaby scrunched her brows in confusion at that remark.

....

Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/25/BAEQ19SLI4.DTL&tsp=1

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<Respectfully snipped & bolded for relevance>

Certainly not astrologically out of the question. I have long suspected co-involvement of certain males known to MH...

Thanks,
Soulscape

nursebeeme
09-25-2009, 07:58 PM
amen to that Soul! More like she scrunched her eyes in "how did they know about that?" fashion!

Angel Who Cares
09-26-2009, 04:14 PM
*NOTE: News releases for September 26, 2009 for Sandra Cantu!
Couldn't edit my post with all of the new media from yesterday & today! Sorry! I'll edit an d add anything else new into this post for everyone. :blowkiss:

Video: Huckaby Smiling, Laughing In Court
http://www.kcra.com/video/21117419/index.html
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UPDATED: No Trial Date Yet in Melissa Huckaby Case
September 25, 2009
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At Friday's hearing, Huckaby's defense attorney requested more time to prepare his case. Prosecutors are urging for a speedy trial because they say younger witnesses who may testify could have a difficult time recalling specifics in the case.

Judge Linda Loftus said it was premature to set a trial date and ordered attorneys to return in 30 days. She said she wanted to determine a trial date by early December.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Huckaby, who was indicted in July following her arrest in April.

Video: No Trial Date Yet in Melissa Huckaby Case 2:07
http://www.news10.net/video/default.aspx?maven_playerId=articleplayer&maven_referralPlaylistId=playlist&maven_referralObject=1276149565

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=67570&catid=2

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Oldsoul2
09-27-2009, 01:06 AM
<Respectfully snipped & bolded for relevance>

Certainly not astrologically out of the question. I have long suspected co-involvement of certain males known to MH...

Thanks,
Soulscape

I completely agree with you...have thought that too from the very beginning...I have my suspicions as to who that would be but what I'm not understanding is WHY she is not telling! She is going to take the rap solely for this crime..why would someone do that if they will spend the rest of their life in jail or die for the crime??

Soulscape
09-27-2009, 09:23 AM
I completely agree with you...have thought that too from the very beginning...I have my suspicions as to who that would be but what I'm not understanding is WHY she is not telling! She is going to take the rap solely for this crime..why would someone do that if they will spend the rest of their life in jail or die for the crime??

Oldsoul, your question is one that is certainly beyond our understanding, astrological or otherwise.

Perhaps the co-perpetrator(s) --- and I do believe there was at least one, if not more --- threatened MH with harm or death to her daughter if she fingered him/them.

MH's natal chart as well as known facts about her life strongly point to an individual who was ABUSED GREATLY & CONSISTENTLY, likely sexually and certainly emotionally/psychologically. Of course this does not excuse her role in Sandra Cantu's kidnapping, torture and death, but it does provide insight. It goes without saying that a psychologically whole person does not grow up to be a sick, twisted individual capable of crimes such as those attributed to MH.

Thanks,
Soulscape

Salem
10-13-2009, 12:51 PM
Sending love and peace to Sandra's family. I was picking grapes yesterday, before the rain came this morning, and the whole time, I was thinking of Sandra, her skipping and laughing. I pray she is eating healthy, organic grapes with the Angels in Heaven.

Salem

Angel Who Cares
10-30-2009, 04:45 PM
Huckaby defense team bolstered
High-profile death penalty attorney has ties to area
October 30, 2009 12:00 AM
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The attorney for Melissa Huckaby of Tracy is expected to ask a judge today to toss the indictment that charges his client with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar, in a second volley of court papers, is also attacking Tracy police investigators who arrested Huckaby, 28, after Sandra's body was found in April entombed in a black suitcase.

Behar now has a high-profile death penalty attorney with ties to San Joaquin County backing him in Huckaby's defense.

The court would not release to The Record the motions Behar filed ahead of today's hearing. Behar is expected to ask Lofthus to seal them along with any response by San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091030/A_NEWS/910300314/-1/NEWSMAP#STS=g1fdqfzd.13r8
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Melissa Huckaby expected back in court
Friday, October 30, 2009 | 8:11 AM
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The attorney for Melissa Huckaby is expected to ask a judge to throw out the indictment that charges his client with Cantu's kidnapping, rape and murder.

A trial date could also be set. Police have not talked about a motive in the case.

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=7091178
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Report: Melissa Huckaby's attorney to ask judge to dismiss indictment
Posted: 10/30/2009 07:14:12 AM PDT
Updated: 10/30/2009 11:55:40 AM PDT
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In court today, Behar and Huckaby are expected to meet privately with the judge presiding over the case before the hearing reconvenes in open court.

Behar was victorious at last month's hearing, when he asked for and received more time before a date was set for Huckaby's trial. Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa, who is prosecuting the case, pushed for a trial date as soon as possible. After hearing Behar privately on Sept. 25, Judge Linda Lofthus set two court dates for Behar to update the court on the progress of his preparation. Today's court date is the first of two. The second hearing is set for Dec. 4, when a trial date may be set.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_13676630

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nursebeeme
10-30-2009, 05:09 PM
Dismiss the indictment? Riiiiiiiiight....

Angel Who Cares
11-03-2009, 01:26 PM
Judge seals Huckaby pretrial motions
October 31, 2009 12:00 AM
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San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus in a Friday hearing ordered pretrial motions for Huckaby's defense team to be sealed. Lofthus said she wanted to protect the trial's integrity.

Lofthus also officially stated her reason for sealing more than 1,000 pages of grand jury transcripts of a hearing that ended with Huckaby's indictment. The charges make Huckaby eligible for a death sentence.

"I do not take that decision lightly," Lofthus said, adding that she has to balance the public's right to know details of the case with Huckaby's right to a fair trial and the privacy rights of Sandra's family.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091031/A_NEWS/910310331#STS=g1kxk7i3.14cc
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Prominent Lawyer to Defend Huckaby
November 2, 2009
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San Francisco attorney Michael Burt, who has represented the "Night Stalker'' Richard Ramirez and Lyle Menendez among others, will work on Melissa Huckaby's case alongside public defender Sam Behar.

Officials say the money to pay Burt will come from a special fund in the public defender's office for death penalty cases.

Meanwhile, Behar Friday filed motions to suppress evidence and dismiss the indictment against Huckaby.

Article:
http://www.kmjnow.com/pages/landing_news?Prominent-Lawyer-to-Defend-Huckaby=1&blockID=85807&feedID=806
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Sandra Cantu case: Attorney for Melissa Huckaby wants charges against her dismissed
October 31, 5:02 PM
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Behar met privately with the judge before the hearing, and told prosecutor Thomas Testa in open court “I’m very pleased to reveal this. Mr. Behar is making tremendous progress.” Judge Loftus also noted that this is now Behar’s only case and he is working “more than 24/7” on it.

According to Mercury News, Testa was not impressed and said “Unlike Mr. Behar, I do have other cases, other special circumstances cases that are percolating.”

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 4, when it is expected a trial date will be set. Feb. 12 has been set as the date the motion to suppress evidence will be heard and explored.

Article:
http://www.examiner.com/x-1168-Crime-Examiner~y2009m10d31-Sandra-Cantu-case-Attorney-for-Melissa-Huckaby-wants-charges-against-her-dismissed
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Huckaby trial date delayed as she awaits second attorney
Oct 30, 2009
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Melissa Chantel Huckaby, 28, was led into the courtroom at 12:45 p.m. today, the first of two hearings where San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus planned to set a trial date.

Testa also filed orders for return of property, regarding a computer from Conrad Sinclair, who lived in the same mobile home park as Huckaby, and items from Connie and Lane Lawless, Huckaby’s grandparents. Behar had no objection.

Lofthus said that there have been three incident reports at San Joaquin County Jail since her last appearance in court, but none of them interfered with her ability to show up. Huckaby had allegedly tried to kill herself earlier this year while in custody. Himelblau said that the incidents could’ve been something as harmless as not showering at the correct time.

Before she left, Behar said something to Huckaby, who quietly giggled. She turned and waved to two people in the crowd before she was led out of the courtroom at about 1:05 p.m.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Huckaby+trial+date+delayed+as+she+awaits+second+at torney%20&id=4224557-Huckaby+trial+date+delayed+as+she+awaits+second+at torney&instance=home_news_bullets

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Salem
11-03-2009, 01:56 PM
Thank you Angel for the updates and I'm glad to see you back. I was getting worried about you and was just about ready to put out an APB :)

Salem

Angel Who Cares
12-04-2009, 05:12 PM
Melissa Huckaby Murder Trial Date Set
December 4, 2009
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San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Loftus set Oct. 18, 2010, for opening arguments in the trial of Melissa Huckaby, the former Sunday School teacher accused in the death of Sandra Cantu of Tracy.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty for Huckaby.

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=71350&catid=2
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People of the State of California v. Melissa Huckaby
San Joaquin County Superior Court
Stockton Courthouse
December 1, 2009
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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA:

The case People of the State of California v. Melissa Huckaby (case number SF112495A) has been scheduled for Friday, December 4, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. (in camera hearing) and 1:00 p.m. (public hearing) in Department 14 of the main Stockton Courthouse located at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA 95202. **Please note that the hearing will begin as soon as the in camera hearing is completed and could take place beofre 1:00 p.m.

All media requests for photography, video recording and sound recording in the courtroom have been denied for this hearing. Please see the order made on April 22, 2009 by the Hon. Linda L. Lofthus, which shall continue for all future hearings until modified.

Because of the high public interest and our limited seating capacity, all media personnel may not be able to get into the courtroom.

Court Documents:
PDF: SF112495A - Court Minute Order Filed 10-30-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/SF112495A_-_Court_Minute_Order_103009.pdf

PDF: SF112495A - Court Minute Order Filed 09-25-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/SF112495A_-_Court_Minute_Order_092509.pdf

PDF: SF112495A - Court Minute Order Filed 09-10-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/SF112495A_-_Court_Minute_Order_091009.pdf

PDF: SF112495A - Court Minute Order Filed 08-17-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/SF112495A_-_Court_Minute_Order_081709.pdf

PDF: Indictment - People vs Melissa Huckaby SF112495A Filed 08-17-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Indictment_-_People_vs_Melissa_Huckaby_SF112495A.pdf

PDF: SF111539A - Court Minute Order Filed 08-17-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/SF111539A_-_Court_Minute_Order_081709.pdf

PDF: People v Huckaby 06-12-09 Minute Order Filed 06-12-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/People_v_Huckaby_06-12-09_Minute_Order.pdf

PDF: DA Request to Set Date for Preliminary Hearing Filed 06-09-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/DA_Request_to_Set_Date_for_Preliminary_Hearing_060 909.pdf

PDF: People v. Melissa Huckaby Court Minute Order Filed 05-22-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/People_v_Melissa_Huckaby_-_Court_Minute_Order_052209.pdf

PDF: Amended Complaint Filed 05-21-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Amended_Complaint_filed_052109.pdf

PDF: Order of the Court RE Written Notification Issued 05-14-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Order_of_the_Court_re_Written_Notification_051409. pdf

PDF: Order RE Sealing of People's Opposition to Defense's Motion to Disinter Sandra Cantu's Body Issued 04-28-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Order_RE_Sealing_of_People's_Opposition_to_Defense 's_Motion_to_Disinter_Sandra_Cantu's_Body.pdf

PDF: People v. Melissa Huckaby Court Minute Order From 04-24-09 Hearing
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/People_v_Melissa_Huckaby_-_Court_Minute_Order_042409.pdf

PDF: Order on Media Request Issued 04-22-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Order_On_Media_Request.pdf

PDF: Gag Order Issued 04-21-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Gag_Order.pdf

PDF: Order RE: California Rule of Court 2.503(e) Issued 04-22-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/Order_RE_California_Rule_of_Court_2.503e.pdf

PDF: Court Order re: Media Activity in Public Area Issued 04-13-09
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/news/2009-04-13_Order_Regarding_Media_Activity.pdf

Rules of Court Re: Media
PDF: Local rule 1-107: Media Coverage
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/pdf/Local_Rules_January_2009.pdf#page=14

PDF: California Rule of Court 1.150 Photographing, recording, and broadcasting in court
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/rules/index.cfm?title=one&linkid=rule1_150

PDF: California Rule of Court 2.503(e) Remote electronic access allowed in extraordinary criminal cases
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/rules/index.cfm?title=two&linkid=rule2_503
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Media Releases
April 15, 2009 - Notice To The Public And Media Re: Electronic Access to Case Documents
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-04-15_01.htm

April 22, 2009 - Notice To The Public And Media Re: Courtroom Access
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-04-22_01.htm

April 23, 2009 - Note To Media Personnel From The Presiding Judge Regarding Courtroom Seating
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-04-23_01.htm

May 11, 2009 - Notice To Media
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-05-11_01.htm

June 9, 2009 - Notice To Media
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-06-09_01.htm

August 11, 2009 - Notice to the Public and Media
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-08-11_01.htm

August 26, 2009 - Notice to the Public and Media
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-08-26.htm

September 24, 2009 - Notice to the Public and Media
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-09-24.htm

October 26, 2009 - Notice to the Public and Media
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_2009-10-26.htm

Article:
http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_notice.htm

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FifthEssence
12-05-2009, 12:34 AM
Future Court Dates:

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 at 9 a.m. in Department 14 for 1538.5 Motion
Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 9 a.m. in Department 14 for Readiness
Monday, October 18th, 2010 at 9 a.m. in Department 14 for Jury Trial

http://www.stocktoncourt.org/courts/media_notice.htm

Salem
12-05-2009, 01:41 AM
So... the DA is going after the death penalty. Good!!!! http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=71350&catid=2

I hate that they put the POS's picture by Sandra's.

Rest in Peace sweet girl, justice is on its way for you. Prayers to your family.

Salem

ETA: I can't believe the Judge set this all the way out to October 2010. I have a feeling I will not like this judge as much as I like Strickland.

Angel Who Cares
12-07-2009, 08:27 PM
Trial Date Set In Cantu Slaying
Melissa Huckaby Faces Charges
POSTED: 1:04 pm PST December 4, 2009
UPDATED: 7:58 pm PST December 4, 2009
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A Sunday school teacher accused of killing 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu will face trial on Oct. 18, 2010.

So far, Huckaby's trial has not been moved out of San Joaquin County. Her attorney was out sick Friday, but co-counsel was representing her.

Michael Burt, a noticed death penalty expert, is looking into having a hearing in February to suppress evidence and testimony before the case goes to trial.

Video: Melissa Huckaby To Be Tried In October 1:25
A Sunday school teacher accused of killing 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu will face trial on Oct. 18, 2010.
http://www.kcra.com/video/21870829/

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/mostpopular/21865949/detail.html
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Judge sets trial date for Huckaby
December 05, 2009 12:00 AM
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San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus set a trial date of Oct. 18 after a 30-minute hearing Friday at which the 28-year-old Huckaby was present.

The judge also set Feb. 16 as the day she will consider a defense motion to suppress evidence. She did not set a date to hear a separate defense request to dismiss a grand jury's indictment.

The October trial date could change if there are delays in the months before. That could happen if the defense successfully moves the case out of San Joaquin County.

Lofthus has sealed pretrial motions and issued a gag order in the case, so details of prosecutors' case against Huckaby still are unknown to the public.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091205/A_NEWS/912050325#STS=g2xxb3kc.h2v
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October trial date set in Huckaby case
Dec 05, 2009
<snipped>
Huckaby’s attorney, Michael Burt of San Francisco, said he has a federal death penalty trial in Honolulu in June 2010 and there is no way he could reasonably start a trial here until October. Burt, who has played a part in many high-profile death penalty cases, was Huckaby’s lone defense attorney present Friday. Her public defender, Sam Behar, was ill.

Testa said he worried that the October date might be pushed back even further and wanted to set a firm date if the defense wants to state its case for a change of venue — to ensure a more impartial jury — or any other changes.

Lofthus agreed and set a Sept. 27 readiness hearing, so both sides can make sure things are in order before the trial. Everyone is due back in court Feb. 16 to discuss a motion to suppress evidence and figure out a timeline for when changes must be made.


Burt, who was appointed Oct. 8 because death penalty defendants are allowed two attorneys, asked about the gag order on the case, and Lofthus reminded him that it is still in place. When Lofthus joked that reporters might not like the gag order, which prevents anyone involved with the case from speaking publicly, Huckaby flashed a big smile.

Although Lofthus said the gag order does not prevent attorneys from discussing procedures in general, Burt declined to talk to reporters after the hearing.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-October+trial+date+set+in+Huckaby+case%20&id=5011114-October+trial+date+set+in+Huckaby+case&instance=home_news_lead_story

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Angel Who Cares
02-13-2010, 06:55 PM
Judge grants request by Huckaby's attorney for evidenciary hearing delay
February 13, 2010 12:00 AM
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A Tuesday court hearing for Melissa Huckaby, a Tracy woman charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, has been delayed at the defense attorney's request, a prosecutor said Friday.

San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar wanted more time to prepare for a hearing on his motion to suppress evidence to be used against his client, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said.

The suppression hearing in Huckaby's case was rescheduled for April 12 and it could last up to one week. Huckaby is next due back in court on March 29 for a readiness conference, Testa said.

Despite the delay, Huckaby's trial date remains set for Oct. 18. The 28-year-old faces a death sentence if she is convicted on all charges

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100213/A_NEWS/2130327

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mitzi
02-14-2010, 05:30 AM
Judge grants request by Huckaby's attorney for evidenciary hearing delay
February 13, 2010 12:00 AM
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A Tuesday court hearing for Melissa Huckaby, a Tracy woman charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, has been delayed at the defense attorney's request, a prosecutor said Friday.

San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar wanted more time to prepare for a hearing on his motion to suppress evidence to be used against his client, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said.

The suppression hearing in Huckaby's case was rescheduled for April 12 and it could last up to one week. Huckaby is next due back in court on March 29 for a readiness conference, Testa said.

Despite the delay, Huckaby's trial date remains set for Oct. 18. The 28-year-old faces a death sentence if she is convicted on all charges

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100213/A_NEWS/2130327

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Behar seems to be even slower than Baez! :rolleyes: When will little Sandra get some justice? :(

Salem
02-14-2010, 01:53 PM
I just hope the judge in this case seeks justice for Sandra. Behar seems to play a lot of games. I know that is his job, but man, I wish we had Judge Stan Strickland's mindtwin here :(

Salem

Angel Who Cares
02-15-2010, 05:50 AM
Memorial planned for Sandra Cantu's birthday
Feb 14, 2010
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A little girl who relatives say was happy every day of her life would want everyone else to be happy on what would’ve been her ninth birthday.

So on March 8, the family of Sandra Cantu will celebrate her memory at Robert Kenner Park next to Jacobson Elementary School, where she was a student.

Janet Anderson, a cousin of Maria Chavez, Sandra’s mother, said she’s spearheading the small public get-together so her family has something to look forward to. She said as the anniversary of the little girl’s death approaches, Sandra’s family wants to focus on their love for her.

Anderson said the celebration is also a way to thank countless volunteers. Tracy police chaplain Don Higgins will speak, and cupcakes, donated by a local business, will be served.

At a glance:
WHAT: Remembrance Ceremony for Sandra Cantu
• WHEN: 7 p.m. March 8
• WHERE: Robert Kenner Park, 1850 Kavanaugh Ave.
• INFO: 321-5981

A tribute to Sandra Cantu sprang up after her disappearance in 2009. A memorial in her memory will be March 8.
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Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/view/full_story/6184306/article-Memorial-planned-for-Sandra-Cantu-s-birthday?instance=home_news_lead_story

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Angel Who Cares
02-19-2010, 01:52 AM
Melissa Huckaby's court date delayed
Posted: 02/15/2010 02:25:09 PM PST
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Huckaby was originally scheduled to appear in a Stockton courtroom last Friday. She will now will return March 29 to confirm the date for a hearing on a defense motion to suppress evidence — tentatively scheduled for April 12.

Thomas Testa, the prosecutor handling the case, said Monday that Huckaby's public defender, Sam Behar, had asked Judge Linda Lofthus for a continuation.

"I said I had no objection because he had some valid reasons," Testa said, but did not elaborate. Behar's request does not affect the Oct. 18 trial date set for Huckaby, Testa said.

Huckaby has also been indicted on two counts of furnishing a harmful substance and one count of child endangerment for two unrelated drugging cases. She has pleaded not guilty to all counts

The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office has said it will seek the death penalty if Huckaby is convicted of murder.

Article:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/nationalbreaking/ci_14405663
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Cantu's Death Still Hard On Tracy
Melissa Huckaby Charged In Girl's Death
POSTED: 11:22 pm PST February 15, 2010
UPDATED: 11:53 pm PST February 15, 2010
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It's been almost a year since the disappearance and death of Sandra Cantu, and some Tracy residents still find it difficult to talk about her death.

Members of the Cantu family told KCRA 3 they plan on holding a memorial service for Sandra on March 8, which would have been her ninth birthday.

Tracy Mayor Brent Ives said the city and its residents are stronger because of the unfortunate incident.

"There is nothing like an event that drives you together to help you realize how much you rely on one another as citizens and a community," Ives said.

Huckaby's trial is set to being Oct. 18.

Video: Mayor: Cantu's Death Brought Tracy Closer
http://www.kcra.com/video/22576055/index.html

Video: Melissa Huckaby To Be Tried In October
http://www.kcra.com/video/21870829/index.html

Video: Prominent Lawyer Joins Huckaby Defense Team
http://www.kcra.com/video/21482343/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/mostpopular/22575928/detail.html
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Tight-Knit Community Plans Memorial for "Tracy's Angel"
Updated 11:38 AM PST, Tue, Feb 16, 2010
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It's a day family and friends should be celebrating a little girl's ninth birthday, but instead they'll be gathering to remember her short life.

Family members of Sandra Cantu will gather March 8 to remember the young Central Valley girl whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in an irrigation pond almost a year ago.

A cousin of Sandra's mother is planning the family gathering as a way for the family to focus on their love for the little girl and thank volunteers who aided in the search in 10 the following her disappearance.

"This is something simple," Janet Anderson told the Tracy Press, "that might be a good way of not concentrating on such a horrible time, but what she represents."

Article:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Tightly-Knit-Community-Plans-Memorial-for-Tracys-Angel-84489607.html
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Sandra Cantu investigator named 'Officer of the Year'
Posted: 02/17/2010 01:33:58 PM PST
Updated: 02/18/2010 07:00:54 AM PST
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The lead investigator of the Sandra Cantu homicide case has been honored as "Officer of the Year" by the local American Legion post.

Detective Timothy Bauer was recognized Saturday by Post 172 in Tracy.

As the lead detective, Bauer coordinated the efforts of hundreds of people from state and federal agencies that led to the April 10 arrest of suspect Melissa Huckaby, Sandra's neighbor. The 8-year-old disappeared March 27. Her body was found April 6 after an intense search that captured national media attention.

Huckaby, 28, who has pleaded not guilty to raping and murdering Sandra, is being held without bail at San Joaquin County Jail. Her trial has been set for Oct. 18.

In addition to Sandra's case, Bauer was the lead detective on multiple robbery and other criminal cases. He is one of the founders of the department's Shop with a Cop winter holiday program and a supporter of the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Bauer is also the department's Officer of the Year.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14419528

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Angel Who Cares
03-03-2010, 12:41 PM
Probe targets Huckaby investigators
Defender may ask judge to toss some evidence
March 03, 2010 12:00 AM
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Several Tracy police detectives investigating Melissa Huckaby's alleged murder and rape of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu have fallen under an internal probe themselves, court papers say. Huckaby's public defender appears ready to argue that a Tracy detective violated his client's constitutional rights - triggering the internal investigation - by making an undisclosed comment to her the day she was arrested.

San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar is expected to ask a judge to toss evidence out of Huckaby's upcoming death penalty trial based on the officer's alleged violation. Behar's arguments are scheduled for a weeklong hearing next month.

Behar's motion, on file at the Stockton courthouse, says that Huckaby made a statement the day she was arrested. Tracy police Detective Timothy Bauer used her statement to get a judge's signature on search warrants. But on that same day, Detective Nate Cogburn told Huckaby something that landed "several" Tracy police detectives under an internal investigation to determine if they violated any rules, Behar's motion says.

Behar says in court papers that San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa sent him a memo explaining the internal probe. Court papers reveal neither statement by Cogburn nor Huckaby. Behar says in the motion that he is preparing to argue that police violated his client's constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure. He also says he will argue that detectives illegally compelled Huckaby to make incriminating statements.

Huckaby's next appearance in a Stockton courtroom is scheduled for March 29. That's when Behar will say if he is ready to go ahead with his arguments to suppress the evidence in the hearing set to begin April 12.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100303/A_NEWS/3030324/-1/a_news02
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Cantu Case Detectives Under Internal Investigation
Mar 3, 2010 6:09 am US/Pacific
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Internal Affairs investigators are looking into the actions of several Tracy Police detectives who investigated the murder of Sandra Cantu, according to the Stockton Record newspaper.

In a hearing next month, The Record reports San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar, Huckaby's attorney, is expected to ask a judge to toss out evidence in Huckaby's trial because of the violation. Tracy Police spokesman Tony Sheneman, in a press release entitled, "Gag order still in place," declined to comment.

"An article has appeared regarding an internal affairs investigation of 'several detectives' involved in the Sandra Cantu kidnapping and homicide," the release reads.

The release also said, "Per the gag order issued by the Superior Court of San Joaquin County and California Government Code section 3303(e), the Tracy Police Department is prohibited from discussing any aspect of the Cantu investigation."

"Until allowed to otherwise, no statements regarding the case will be made nor will inquiries be entertained," the press release concludes.

Article:
http://cbs13.com/crime/cantu.internal.investigation.2.1533657.html
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Sandra Cantu suspect statement prompts Tracy police probe
3/3/10
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Several police detectives involved in the Sandra Cantu murder case were the subject of a separate investigation regarding their role in gathering a statement from suspect Melissa Huckaby on the day she was arrested. The Tracy Police Department's internal affairs probe was revealed in a court document filed by Huckaby's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Samuel Behar.

Behar indicated he will be making a motion to suppress a statement made by Huckaby to Det. Timothy Bauer April 10. According to Behar, Huckaby's statement was used to obtain search warrants. Behar indicated he had additional facts supporting his motion to suppress evidence that, for reasons of confidentiality, could only be provided directly to the judge in person.

All parties in the Huckaby case are forbidden by a gag order to comment outside of court. The next court hearing in set for March 29.

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=76501&catid=2
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Detectives accused of violating Huckaby's rights
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
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According to the Stockton Record, one of the detectives who arrested Huckaby for the murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu last year may have said something that violated her rights. Documents do not spell out exactly what was said, but Huckaby's public defender claims it was a violation of her protection from unreasonable search and seizure and is asking for some evidence to be thrown out.

A week-long hearing is scheduled for next month.

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/east_bay&id=7309611
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Sandra Cantu case: Tracy police investigating Cantu detectives
Posted: 03/03/2010 04:47:32 PM PST
Updated: 03/04/2010 07:27:54 AM PST
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Attorney Sam Behar stated in court documents that he received a memo from prosecutor Thomas Testa saying several detectives are being investigated by their department "for whether any TPD internal rules were violated in connection with Detective Nate Cogburn's comments to Melissa Huckaby" on April 10, 2009.

Cogburn's comments were not disclosed in the court documents. The statement from Huckaby in response was used in a number of affidavits for search warrants. That statement was not available Wednesday. It is not known how many officers are being looked at, nor if they have been placed on administrative leave. In a statement released Tuesday night, Tracy police cited a gag order.

The court papers that reveal the Tracy police internal investigation were filed Jan. 21, and were part of request by Behar to get more time before a Feb. 16 hearing to suppress evidence in the case. Behar's request for more time was granted. Both sides will return to court March 29.

Behar said he wants to examine the material to see if his client's rights were violated. He also said he has not had access to all the physical evidence in the case, citing that as another reason he could not have been ready to proceed in February.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14507220
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Huckaby attorney tries to get evidence tossed
Mar 03, 2010
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According to court records, Tracy Police are investigating whether their own detectives last April broke rules in talking to Huckaby, who is charged with the rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Huckaby faces the death penalty if convicted.

Huckaby’s public defender Samuel Behar said in papers filed Jan. 25 that he was told by prosecutor Tom Testa that “several” Tracy police detectives “are being investigated” to see if any “internal rules were violated in connection with Det. Nate Cogburn’s comments to Huckaby” on April 10, hours before her arrest.

Last October, Behar filed a motion to suppress evidence against his client. A hearing was set for last month, but Behar was granted an extension until April 12.

Behar also wrote in his motion he needed more time because he and attorney Michael Burk have yet to see all the physical evidence in the case. He wrote he’s waiting to receive a list of all property seized during the investigation against Huckaby, and he needed more time for other reasons not to be disclosed to the public.

An April 12 hearing is scheduled when Behar and Testa will argue over evidence.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/view/full_story/6561030/article-Huckaby-attorney-tries-to-get-evidence-tossed?instance=home_news_lead_story
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Detectives In Cantu Case Investigated
Possible Statement Made To Suspect In Girl's Slaying At Issue
POSTED: 4:03 pm PST March 3, 2010
UPDATED: 7:02 pm PST March 3, 2010
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In a motion by Huckaby's attorney, Sam Behar writes that prosecutor Tom Testa pointed out that, "Several Tracy police detectives are being investigated regarding whether any Tracy Police Department internal rules were violated in connection with detective Nate Cogburn's comments to Melissa Huckaby on 4/10/09."

Former defense attorney and Humphreys Law college professor John Schick calls it an abundance of caution. "The Tracy Police Department may feel something may have been a little bit out of line by one of their officers, so they are trying to cover that now instead of years later when somebody would come back and have somebody say, 'What about that? Why was that done?'" Schick said.

Tracy police released a statement, saying the Police Department is banned from discussing any aspect of the Cantu case by a judicial gag order. "Whatever Detective Cogburn said to Huckaby somehow led to a statement from Huckaby that led to her arrest ... a statement that the defense will challenge as far as being admitted as evidence," the police statement said.

"That suggests they suddenly had an answer to what had happened and they knew she was their perpetrator," Schick said. Huckaby will return to court on April 18 for a weeklong hearing at which time her attorney will try to supress evidence that would be used in the upcoming trial.

Video: Were Rules Broken In Cantu Investigation? 1:45
The Tracy Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of its detectives regarding the Sandra Cantu case.
http://www.kcra.com/video/22734676/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/mostpopular/22733665/detail.html

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Salem
03-03-2010, 01:05 PM
Can we tell if this will hurt Sandra's right to justice? The judge in this case does not appear to be overly strong, in my opinion.

Salem

Angel Who Cares
03-08-2010, 02:44 PM
Family of Sandra Cantu to honor her memory
3/8/10
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The family of Sandra Cantu will gather at a park in Tracy tonight on what would have been the child's 9th birthday.

The 8-year-old girl disappeared last March from her family's mobile home park, and her body was found ten days later in a suitcase that had been dumped in an irrigation ditch.

Sandra's family and friends will hold a memorial celebration for her at 7 p.m. at Robert Kenner Park in Tracy. Her family says they want to remember Sandra's happy spirit, and they're inviting the community to attend.

Huckaby is due in court on March 29 for another hearing. Her trial is set to begin on October 18.

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Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=76772&catid=2

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Angel Who Cares
03-08-2010, 02:54 PM
"Happy 9th Birthday In Heaven Sandra!"

"Sandra Dance, Play & Sing....You Are Safe Forever With All Of Your Angel Friends & The Lord Above!"

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Salem
03-08-2010, 02:58 PM
Happy Birthday Sandra!

Prayers to your family and friends,

Salem

Angel Who Cares
03-09-2010, 12:14 AM
Video: Memorial Held For Sandra Cantu
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=69452@kovr.dayport.com
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Birthday Memorial Held For Sandra Cantu
[Slain Tracy Girl Would Have Been 9 Years Old
POSTED: 5:47 pm PST March 8, 2010
UPDATED: 7:26 pm PST March 8, 2010
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The family of Sandra Cantu celebrated Monday what would have been her 9th birthday with a memorial service in Tracy.

It's been nearly one year since Cantu vanished from her neighborhood. Her body was found in a nearby irrigation ditch, stuffed in luggage.

The memorial, which began at 7 p.m., was held at Robert Kenner Park in Tracy. The park is next to Melville S. Jacobson Elementary School, where Cantu was a student.

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Video: Hundreds Attend Cantu Memorial
http://www.kcra.com/video/22782422/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/22780780/detail.html
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Large crowd gathers to remember Sandra Cantu
3/8/10
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The family of Sandra Cantu welcomed dozens of family, friends and strangers to a special gathering on what would have been the child's 9th birthday. The 8-year-old girl disappeared last March from her family's mobile home park, and her body was found ten days later in a suitcase that had been dumped in an irrigation ditch.

Her family said they want to remember Sandra's happy spirit, and invited the community to attend. Dozens of people showed up to share in the celebration.

Huckaby is due in court on March 29 for another hearing. Her trial is set to begin on October 18.

Memorial for Sandra Cantu was held Monday. She would have been 9 years old.

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Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=76772&catid=2
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Event remembers Sandra Cantu on her birthday
Posted: 03/08/2010 09:29:22 PM PST
Updated: 03/08/2010 09:29:22 PM PST
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There was music and balloons and cupcakes with pink frosting — all the makings of a little girl's party. But Monday night's gathering at Jacobsen Elementary School included tears and hugs, too, for the family of Sandra Cantu and the Tracy residents who came together to remember Sandra on what would have been her ninth birthday. Sandra's family held Monday's event to remember the child's birthday, and to focus on the good things her life represented.

She had a big heart and an infectious laugh, said her aunt Angie Chavez. "Sandra loved life and she lived it." Even though Sandra was just a kid, she had a way to make everyone feel welcomed, Chavez said. She was the first to greet people and would ask for help. "She had a way to capture your heart," Chavez said. Sandra also brought a community together, said Don Higgins, the Tracy Police Department chaplain. Addressing the family, he said the city residents support them. "We can come together often enough to remind you that you are not alone," Higgins said. Higgins said Sandra was the community's loss too.

The celebration was originally planned to be held outdoors at Robert Kenner Park, where a tree planted to honor Sandra grows. But the wind and the cold sent the event indoors.

Sandra's grandfather, Joe Chavez Sr., told the audience that he became concerned about the tree because it had turned brown. Then he learned the tree was healthy, that its strength lay within its roots. He made a parallel to his granddaughter. "That's where Sandra's strength is, in this community," he said.

On what would have been her ninth birthday, people gather at Jacobson Elementary School in Tracy, Calif., on Monday, March 8, 2010, to remember the life of Sandra Cantu. People gather around a photo display to write notes to Sandra's family. The ceremony was planned to thank the community for its huge outpouring of support. The Tracy girl disappeared from her home last March and her body was found April 6 inside of a suitcase in an agricultural pond at an area dairy. Neighbor Melissa Huckaby is awaiting trial on charges that include Sandra's killing.
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The hands of Sandra's grandfather, Jose Chavez, and others are folded in prayer as the ceremony begins.
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Sandra's mother Maria Chavez, left, hugs a young girl who gave her a card before the celebration.
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Sandra's sister Simone Chavez, kisses son Marcus Govea, 4, of Tracy, as they listen to grandfather Jose Chavez speak to the crowd that filled the multipurpose room.
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Her mother, Maria Chavez, dabs her eyes as she and family members including Sandra's grandparents Dolores and Jose Chavez, all of Tracy, from left, listen to the song, "Lean on Me."
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Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14638039
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Sandra Cantu remembered on what would have been girl's 9th birthday
Mar 08, 2010
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Sandra Cantu was the first to burst out the door to hug a visitor, to offer help or to tell someone they looked pretty. A child prone to infectious laughter and a bit of a daredevil on her bike, the energetic, inquisitive 8-year-old exuded love.

That's how her family remembered the little girl on what would have been her ninth birthday. “She was full of life,” Sandra’s aunt, Angie Chavez, said. “She had a huge heart and she shared it with so many people.”

Nearly 400 people laughed, cried and ate pink cupcakes in the gymnasium at Jacobsen Elementary School, where she was a second grader last year. Teary-eyed friends gazed at photos of the tiny girl in costumes or with her two siblings while “Lean on Me” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played. AJ Lee, 12, sang and played mandolin, accompanied by her mother Betsy Riger, and the Tracy Community Choir sang two songs.

Sandra’s family, in T-shirts reading “Tracy’s Angel, forever in our hearts,” released illuminated pink balloons into the sky.

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Article:
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Hundreds Gather At Public Memorial For Sandra Cantu
Posted: 10:26 pm PST March 8,2010
Updated: 12:24 am PST March 9,2010
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Sandra Cantu attended Jacobson Elementary School. On Monday night, about 300 family, friends and strangers packed the school gym to celebrate the day Sandra was born. There was cake and balloons that you would typically find at a child's birthday, but this gathering was marked with tremendous sadness. Instead of a celebratory song, there was somber music.

Almost a year after Sandra disappeared, members of her family still have a hard time coping with their loss. Sandra's mother Maria Chavez told KTVU she thinks about her daughter all the time. Chavez was comforted by a large group of neighbors and friends as they all watched images of the little girl on a projection screen. "It's wonderful. Really overwhelming. The community is terrific," said Chavez.

Sandra's grandfather Joe Chavez gave heartfelt thanks those who came to the memorial and reminded the gathered crowd of the tree that's planted in her honor near the school. "The roots are embedded and that's where it's strength is," said Chavez. "And I thought wow, that's where Sandra's strength is in this community and that is evident by everybody here."

Article:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/22782108/detail.html
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Memorial Held For Sandra Cantu On 9th Birthday
Mar 8, 2010 11:35 pm US/Pacific
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The memorial took place at Sandra's old school, Jacobson Elementary, where a tree was planted in her honor. Sandra's mother, Maria Chavez, cried as she spoke about the young girl who was taken from her almost a year ago.

"It's her birthday," said Maria Chavez, Sandra's mother. "I wanted people to celebrate her life, not her death."

Monday's ceremony was originally scheduled to be outside until rain showers swept in, leaving a rainbow behind.

Well-wishers brought balloons, flowers and even a birthday cake as part of the celebration.

In one final birthday gesture, family members delivered Sandra a gift: Balloons released into the sky.

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Video: Memorial Held For Sandra Cantu On 9th Birthday
http://www.cbs13.com/video/?id=69459@kovr.dayport.com

Article:
http://cbs13.com/local/sandra.cantu.memorial.2.1546815.html
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Extended family celebrates Sandra Cantu's life in Tracy
March 09, 2010 12:00 AM
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Cupcakes, music, balloons and plenty of people celebrating. It's the way Sandra Cantu would have wanted her birthday observed, her family said. So on the day she would have turned 9 years old, they did just that. The public came, not to mourn a loss but to celebrate a vibrant little girl's life.

"Every moment is now a celebration in heaven," Tracy police Chaplain Don Higgins said. Hundreds of people gathered for the birthday party Monday night at Jacobson Elementary School, which Sandra attended. "Only joy will bring tears to Sandra's eyes now," Higgins said.

Angie Chavez, Sandra's second cousin, talked about her memories of Sandra, a little girl full of happiness and gumption. "One day, she told me she wanted to be a nurse when she grew up," Chavez recalled. "She had a lot of questions, and she wouldn't hesitate to ask them." Sandra was a friendly girl. "Sandra was full of love. ... Sandra would be the first to greet you. ... She would ask if you needed help in the kitchen," Chavez said. "She also had an infectious laugh."

Sandra's relatives also shared a photo slide show with the community, whom they say has become somewhat of an extended family. Tears were shed among the crowd, as they were captivated by images that captured Sandra's smiles on Halloween, Christmas and other birthdays.

Images:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100309/A_NEWS/3090332&Template=photos

Video: Ceremony Celebrates Sandra Cantu's Birthday
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100309/A_MEDIA03/100309834

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100309/A_NEWS/3090332

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Angel Who Cares
03-27-2010, 01:50 PM
A year later — the pain remains in loss of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu
Posted: 03/26/2010 04:08:45 PM PDT
Updated: 03/26/2010 04:57:02 PM PDT
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A year ago today a little girl from Tracy disappeared.

Much has happened since Sandra Cantu was last seen alive. A family still grieves. A police department learned valuable lessons. A community rediscovered its strength and generosity.

"It overwhelms the human mind that people can be so considerate, to take time out of their daily life to think about a little girl and her family," said Joe Chavez, Sandra's grandfather, recalling how hundreds braved the rain and the cold this month to attend a March 8 birthday celebration for Sandra, who would have been 9 that day.

Sandra was last seen alive March 27, 2009, a security camera tracking her as she skipped down the street at the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park, where she lived.
*More at link!

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_14765849?source=rss&nclick_check=1
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Huckaby's lawyer wants hearing delay
Posted: 03/26/2010 04:19:47 PM PDT
Updated: 03/26/2010 04:19:47 PM PDT
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Melissa Huckaby's attorney wants to delay an April suppression hearing, because he has yet to receive the results of a probe into alleged misconduct by a Tracy police detective, court papers say.

San Joaquin County Deputy Public Defender Sam Behar said in a motion filed Wednesday that for "strategic reasons" he also has not viewed physical evidence in the case, and he needs to obtain numerous items from the court's file.

In court Monday, Behar and San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa are to say if they are ready for the April 12 hearing on a motion Behar filed to suppress evidence collected against his client for reaching the trial.

Through his request for more time, Behar said he will ask San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus for a closed-door hearing to explain specifically why he needs the delay.

Among reasons for the delay, Behar said he has not received the results of an internal probe into Tracy police Detective Nate Cogburn.

Article:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_14766044?nclick_check=1
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Huckaby Hearing Monday Morning
Saturday, 27 March 2010 1:19PM
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The latest hearing in the Melissa Huckaby case is scheduled to get underway Monday morning in a Stockton courtroom. Court papers show Huckaby's attorney wants a delay in Monday's scheduled evidence hearing.

The lawyer says has he yet to receive the results of a investigation into alleged misconduct by a Tracy police detective.

Article:
http://www.kcbs.com/bayareanews/Huckaby-Hearing-Monday-Morning/6671777

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Angel Who Cares
03-28-2010, 07:19 PM
Sandra Cantu Disappeared 1 Year Ago
Saturday Marked 1-Year Anniversary Of Disappearance
POSTED: 6:19 pm PDT March 27, 2010
UPDATED: 6:31 pm PDT March 27, 2010
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Saturday marked one year since the disappearance of Sandra Cantu.

A neighbor, 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, is set to go on trial for the crime. She is due back in court on Monday.

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/22977454/detail.html
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Anniversary Of Sandra Cantu Disappearance
March 27, 2010
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It was one year ago today when a happy, skipping Sandra Cantu was captured on surveillance video, just minutes before she disappeared from a Tracy mobile home park. Tracy detectives have arrested Melissa Huckaby in connection with Sandra's rape and murder, but it still could be awhile before the case makes it to trial.

"These kinds of cases are extraordinarily complicated, anytime you that have dna in a murder case - they take a long time. It's not tv it doesn't happen in an instant or an hour - there is a significant amount of testing that has to happen to make sure the prosecution is right about their case," says attorney Ken Rosenfeld.

The case against Huckaby has been complicated by alleged misconduct on the part of the Tracy Police Department. According to court documents filed in San Joaquin County earlier this month, Huckaby's attorney's allege Tracy officers said things they shouldn't have to the suspect right after she was arrested. Rosenfeld does not believe the claims are not enough to send the case off the legal rails.

Article:
http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-1yearsincecantudisapperance,0,3318823.story
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Sandra Cantu murder case: Defense to challenge evidence
3/29/10
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Huckaby returned to San Joaquin County Superior Court Monday morning with a noticeable change in her appearance. Instead of long brown hair, seen in her earlier appearances, she now has short, dark wavy hair.

Judge Linda Lofthus has banned cameras from the courtroom.

The judge is expected to set a date to hear a defense motion "to suppress evidence" in the case.

Video: Sandra Cantu murder case: Defense to challenge evidence 2:06
http://www.news10.net/video/default.aspx?bctid=74440704001

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=78274&catid=2
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Huckaby's attorney wants to delay evidence hearing
Updated at 09:37 AM today
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Huckaby's attorney wants to delay an evidence suppression hearing scheduled for next month, because he has yet to receive the results of a probe into alleged misconduct by Tracy police.

He claims Tracy police said things they should not have to Huckabee that may have brought her constitutional right into question after she was arrested.

Article:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/state&id=7356224
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Hearing again delayed in Melissa Huckaby case
Posted: 03/29/2010 11:04:08 AM PDT
Updated: 03/29/2010 11:36:01 AM PDT
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A hearing to suppress evidence in the case against the woman accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu has been postponed for the second time. Melissa Huckaby's public defender asked for more time Monday to prepare for the hearing, which was tentatively set to begin April 12.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus agreed. Parties will return to court May 10 to set a new date for the suppress evidence hearing. That hearing is expected to last about a week.

This is the second time Behar asked for additional time to prepare for the suppression hearing. The original hearing date was set for Feb. 16. In January, Behar had asked for more time because, according to court records, he had not reviewed all the evidence and wanted to get information about an internal investigation by Tracy Police about what a detective said while getting a statement from Huckaby. Her statement was then used to prepare for search warrants.

Prosecutor Thomas Testa did not object to the delay with the understanding that the change will not affect Huckaby's Oct. 18 trial date. Lofthus encouraged both sides to prepare to start trial that day.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14779091
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Delay in Huckaby hearing
March 29, 2010 12:24 PM
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The attorney for Melissa Huckaby received a delay today for a hearing when he is expected to argue that pieces of evidence investigators collected against his client should be kept out of the death penalty trial.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus granted Behar’s request, setting Huckaby’s next hearing for May 10. That’s when attorneys and the judge will set a date for the suppression hearing.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100329/A_NEWS/100329854
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Huckaby's Hair, Weight Change In Jail
Sandra Cantu's Alleged Killer Makes Court Appearance
POSTED: 12:28 pm PDT March 29, 2010
UPDATED: 12:47 pm PDT March 29, 2010
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At Monday's hearing, Huckaby's hair was short, black and in ringlets, a dramatic departure from the long hairstyle she had when first taken into custody. She also appears to have gained 50 pounds or more during the year she's spent behind bars.

Huckaby appeared with her attorney, public defender Sam Behar, after he filed a motion last week to delay an April hearing on suppressing evidence in the case.

Behar requested the delay because, he wrote, he hasn't seen physical evidence in the case. The reason is secret and was told to the judge privately.

Judge Linda Lofthus granted the motion for a delay. Both the defense and prosecutor said that in spite of delays, the trial should begin Oct. 18 as scheduled, and so far, there's been no motion to move the trial out of San Joaquin County.

Video: Huckaby's Appearance Noticeably Different 2:34
Melissa Huckaby's appearance has changed dramatically in the year she's spent behind bars.
http://www.kcra.com/video/22990370/index.html

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/22990397/detail.html

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Belinda
04-05-2010, 04:47 PM
I have been reading this thread all day long. It's a long one. I had never even heard of forensic astrology before. Reading what I have read here today has completely freaked me out. If I hadn't read about all the connections you made, before they happened, I probably wouldn't have believed it. I am so shocked I don't know what to think. You people are incredible. What a wonderful skill you have shared to help others. This is something I must check into learning. I would love to be able to offer such help to others in need. I just cannot say enough good things about what you have done and are doing. Obviously, there is a tremendous amount to learn, so I will have to figure out where to start. I never really believed in astrology before today, but I have been truly amazed.

As far as the case goes, the delays are already becoming ridiculous. I have been following the case in the news, but just found this thread today. I know a fair trial is crucial, but it seems to me the judge is bending over backwards a bit too far. I feel sorry for Sandra's parents, that they are continually put off. It seems that our system is set up to ensure the perp's rights, but never the victim's. This case needs to go forward, so her family can move on with their life. I have yet to hear the judge mention any concern for them as their lives are continually put on hold. I also am wating to see about possible co-conspirators. I found your thoughts and readings to be very compelling. I can't remember if you did a reading on the likelihood of anyone else being arrested. I do believe you have made some strong connections there, so am sort of feeling the police didn't look any further than they had to, and thus possible perps are still walking around out there. That doesn't give me warm and fuzzy feelings for that community.

Anyway, fantastic work all. I have been truly stunned by your work and believe I have just found a new passion. Thanks so much.

Angel Who Cares
05-10-2010, 12:19 PM
Huckaby Pleads Guilty In Cantu Slaying
POSTED: 8:37 am PDT May 10, 2010
UPDATED: 9:06 am PDT May 10, 2010
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A former Sunday school teacher pleaded guilty Monday to at least one charge in connection with the killing of 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu. Melissa Huckaby appeared in a Stockton courtroom.

The San Joaquin County district attorney is seeking the death penalty against Huckaby, who is charged with kidnapping, raping and killing Cantu.

Article:
http://www.kcra.com/news/23506451/detail.html
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Huckaby Pleads Guilty To Cantu Kidnap, Murder
May 10, 2010 9:06 am US/Pacific
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Melissa Huckaby entered the surprise plea in a Stockton courtroom this morning. She faces life in prison. Huckaby had faced lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 14 and poisoning charges but both have been dropped.

Article:
http://cbs13.com/breakingnews/Melissa.Huckaby.guilty.2.1685129.html
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Huckaby pleads guilty for Cantu murder
May 10, 2010 8:58 AM
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Melissa Huckaby admitted guilt today to the murder, rape and kidnapping last year of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu in a crime that shocked Tracy and captured national attention.

The surprise development spares Huckaby, 29, of the possible death sentence, which prosecutors intended to seek in trail. Under the negotiated plea deal announced in a Stockton courtroom, Huckaby will spend the rest of her natural life in state prison.

Huckaby pleaded guilty to murder with the special circumstance of kidnapping. All other charges against her were dropped.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus set Huckaby's formal sentencing date for June 14.

Article:
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100510/A_NEWS/100519995
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UPDATED: Huckaby avoids death penalty with guilty plea
Last updated 30 mins ago
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In a sudden reversal, Melissa Huckaby admitted kidnapping and murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy in a plea deal that will spare Huckaby's life. During what was expected to be a routine procedural court hearing in San Joaquin County Superior Court, Huckaby's attorneys announced their client was prepared to enter a plea of guilty to the charge of first degree murder with special circumstances of kidnapping. Under the agreement, Huckay will go to prison for life without the possibility of parole. The death penalty is no longer an option. Under the deal, other charges against Huckaby have been dismissed, including rape with an instrument. Formal sentencing has been set for June 14.

During Monday's hearing, Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa expressed concern that Huckaby might use her mental instability and medication as an excuse to later change her plea. Testa urged Judge Linda Lofthus to question Huckaby in detail about her current mental state in addition to asking Huckaby if she understood the consequences of her guilty plea. "Are you having any problems today?" Lofthus asked Huckaby. "No I'm not," Huckaby replied. Lofthus: "Do you feel OK?" Huckaby: "I'm currently stable on my medication."

Testa suggested Lofthus lift the gag order that has presented all parties from talking about the case. Lofthus declined to do so immediately, but suggested she might issue a written order later in the day.

Article:
http://www.news10.net/news/story.aspx?storyid=81150&catid=2
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Melissa Huckaby pleads guilty to killing Sandra Cantu in Tracy case
Posted: 05/10/2010 09:03:06 AM PDT
Updated: 05/10/2010 09:32:09 AM PDT
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Melissa Huckaby pleaded guilty today to killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.

Huckaby pleaded guilty to murder with a special circumstance of kidnapping. All other charges against her in the case were dropped.

Article:
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15054621
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Sunday School Teacher Pleads Guilty To Killing Tracy Girl
Posted: 9:27 am PDT May 10, 2010
Updated: 9:37 am PDT May 10, 2010
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Former Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby pleaded guilty Monday to the first-degree murder of a neighbor’s 8-year-old daughter, authorities said.

San Joaquin County Superior Court officials said Huckaby entered the surprise plea in a hearing Monday morning.

Assistant Court Executive Officer Sharon Morris said Huckaby faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Huckaby was scheduled for sentencing June 14.

Article:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/23507119/detail.html
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Calif Woman Guilty in Death of Daughter's Playmate
California woman pleads guilty in death of 8-year-old girl whose body was found in suitcase
May 10, 2010
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A former California Sunday school teacher accused of killing an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter, then hiding the body in a suitcase, has pleaded guilty to murder.

San Joaquin County Superior Court officials say Melissa Huckaby of Tracy entered the first-degree murder plea Monday morning.

Assistant Court Executive Officer Sharon Morris says Huckaby faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced June 14.

Article:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=10605166
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Update: Huckaby pleads guilty, avoids death penalty
May 10, 2010
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Melissa Huckaby pleaded guilty this morning to the murder and kidnapping of 8-year-old Tracy girl Sandra Cantu and will be sentenced to life in prison in June. Huckaby’s public defender, Samuel Behar, said he and prosecutor Thomas Testa negotiated for the life sentence without the possibility of parole. Previously, Testa had been pursuing the death penalty for Huckaby, 29. The other charges against her, including rape with a foreign object and poisoning, were dropped. Huckaby will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. on June 14 in Stockton.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus asked Huckaby if she’s had time to talk with her attorneys and if she really planned to plead guilty, giving up the right to a jury trial, to which she answered yes. After Lofthus finished most of her questioning of Huckaby, Testa wanted the judge to make sure Huckaby was in the right state of mind to make the plea. He noted that her behavior in prison, such as trying to hurt herself at one point, was odd. “She appears extremely coherent today, but I just worry down the road,” Testa said, worrying that Huckaby might change her plea. She asked if there has been a change in her medication recently, something Huckaby declined. “No, I am currently stable on medication, thank you,” Huckaby said. After the questioning, Lofthus said she accepted Huckaby’s plea.

Her attorneys and Testa spoke with members of the Huckaby and Cantu families before coming up with the June 14 date for sentencing.

While Lofthus said she’d allow one camera at the sentencing, she said the gag order, preventing anyone related to the case from speaking to the media, is still in effect. Testa brought up the notion of lifting it and Behar and Huckaby’s attorney, Michael Burt, said they had no objection. Lofthus said she worried that things were moving too quickly and wanted some time to think about the gag order.

As they left the courtroom, a few members of Sandra's family, the Chavez's were crying. Testa hugged a family member as he walked away. The Chavez family was surrounded by cameras as they walked out of the courthouse and into the parking lot. "They'll never get over this, but at least they don't have to wait any longer," said Lisa Encarnacion, who at one time was close to the Chavez family.

Article:
http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Update-+Huckaby+pleads+guilty-+avoids+death+penalty%20&id=7380394
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Surprise guilty plea in Sandra Cantu murder
Monday, May 10, 2010
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Melissa Huckaby, 29, entered her plea in San Joaquin County Superior Court to murder with an enhancement for kidnapping, said Sharon Morris, assistant court executive officer. Huckaby faces 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced June 14 by Judge Linda Lofthus.

In exchange for her plea, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty and dropped other charges, including child endangerment and furnishing a harmful substance for allegedly drugging a 7-year-old girl and a man in the months before Sandra died.

Attorneys in the case could not immediately comment today because of gag order.

Article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/10/BAH01DC7P9.DTL

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Angel Who Cares
05-13-2010, 08:53 PM
Today Show Video: Woman pleads guilty to killing of girl, 8~0:26
May 10: A former California Sunday school teacher pleaded guilty in the kidnapping, raping and killing of an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter. Msnbc's Contessa Brewer reports.
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FifthEssence
06-14-2010, 01:20 PM
Sunday school teacher gets life in prison for murder of Calif. girl found in suitcase


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/14/sunday-school-teacher-sentenced-kidnapping-murder-california-girl/
Published June 14, 2010| Associated Press


A judge sentenced 29-year-old Melissa Huckaby to life without parole Monday as part of a plea deal that took the death penalty off the table.

Huckaby entered her surprise plea last month to first-degree murder with the special circumstance of kidnapping in the death of Sandra Cantu of Tracy, whose body was found in a suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond.

All other charges, including allegations that she sexually abused the 8-year-old girl, were dropped.

Authorities have not released a possible motive for Huckaby.