Having replaced Judge Terrence Van Oss, Judge Linda Loftus’s first order of business was to issue a gag order in the Sandra Cantu murder case that bars anyone involved with the case from speaking to the media.
The order prohibits all parties from releasing "information or opinions concerning this case or any issue likely involved."
Huckaby's attorney requested the gag order due to the high profile nature of the murder case, which has been covered extensively by the media.
Yesterday Huckaby's lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Samuel Behar, said he is dropping his request to exhume Sandra Cantu's body because the medical examiner has preserved enough tissue samples the defense can test.
Huckaby, who has not entered a plea, is scheduled to appear before Lofthus on Friday.
It appears the FBI is looking into Pastor Lane Lawless, Huckaby's grandfather's connection to abuse allegations at a church in Clarkston, Washington.