Wednesday, April 1, 2009


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 Melissa Huckaby, 28, center, with public defender 
Ellen Schwarzenberg, April 2009. 
AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, Pool

Defendant: Melissa Huckaby, 28
Victim: Sandra Cantu, 8

Case Synopsis - source: Wikipedia

Sandra Renee Cantu (March 8, 2001 – March 27, 2009), was an eight-year-old girl, who was reported missing on March 27, 2009, while she wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt and black leggings After several days, investigators began losing hope until April 6 when a man named Jose Luis Franco, while working at a dairy farm, discovered a suitcase in a pond containing the body of Sandra Cantu.

On April 10, 2009, police arrested 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby and charged her with the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Cantu. The black Eddie Bauer suitcase, belonging to Huckaby, contained the child's body, who reported to have left it in her driveway on the day Cantu disappeared.Police did not at the time provide details as to why Huckaby was arrested, but there was evidence to suggest that a police investigator leaked to a reporter that Huckaby was a key suspect.

Sandra Cantu, source unknown

T&T Case Coverage - CaliGirl9, Sprocket, Donchais
04/12/09 But Women Don't Do These Things
04/13/09 Death Penalty Possible in Sandra Cantu Case
04/14/09 Three Special Circumstances added to Huckaby's Murder Charge
04/21/09 Sandra Cantu Not the Only Victim of Huckaby
04/22/09 Gag Order Issued in Cantu Case
04/25/09 Melissa Huckaby Does Not Enter a Plea
09/11/09 Huckaby Will Face Death Penalty
11/01/09 Huckaby Has New High Profile Lawyer
12/05/09 Trial Date Set for Melissa Huckaby
03/06/10 Sandra Cantu: Will Justice Be Served?
05/10/10 Melissa Huckaby Pleads Guilty to First Degree Murder
06/21/10 Melissa Huckaby: The Grand Jury Transcripts

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