Originally scheduled to appear in court in mid-September, prosecutors have moved up the hearing and are having Melissa Huckaby appear in court this Monday at 1pm.
After the body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu was discovered stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in a dairy drainage pond, Huckaby was arrested April 10 and charged with:
Murder with special circumstances of lewd and lascivious acts on a child
Rape by instrument
She pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Several weeks ago, a secret criminal grand jury was convened to consider the evidence and to determine whether or not to prosecute Huckaby, but no indictment has been handed down as of yet. The scheduling of Monday's court appearance seems to signal the grand jury has decided to indict and Huckaby will likely be arraigned and given a trial date.
A gag order issued early on in the case prevents those involved with the case from discussing it with reporters or the public.