Monday, April 13, 2009

Death penalty possible in Sandra Cantu case

San Joaquin County prosecutors revealed that the accused murderer of 8-year old Sandra Cantu may also be facing special circumstance charges, bringing the death penalty into play. Melissa Huckaby may also face charges of rape with a foreign object, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and murder in the course of a kidnapping.

So much for the specifics of Sandra's death not being revealed until trial.

I smell a change of venue. San Joaquin County has a relatively small potential jury pool.


ritanita said...

This has been quite the day, legally, hasn't it?

This case is very, very unusual and I look forward to learning more about it.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I imagine she will get a lesser charge for psychological reasons. Probably a guilty plea for insanity. I don't know what that gets you in California - not enough I'm sure - as I don't think an insanity plea gets you enough anywhere for murder ... I'm all for the DP ... but don't think it will happen in this case. Sad.

katfish said...

Thanks for the update. I usually follow the missing kids cases pretty close, but after frustrations the last few cases, I watched this at a distance. Just had a bad feeling about this case. This poor child.

If this woman is guilty of what she is being charged with she is a monster and crazy doesn't cut it. When you attempt to hide your actions IMO it shows a conciousness of guilt and that doesn't rise to the legal definition of ng by insanity.

I really hope there is more to this story because I just don't want to accept that a mother would do this to any child let alone her daughter's friend.

nd said...

This is another unbelievable & heart-wrenching story. And she knew what she was doing, this was planned & she covered up. Another perfect candidate for the needle. Poor little Sandra.

Anonymous said...

Change of venue (COV) to where? San Francisco County? Santa Clara County? San Mateo County?
Any COV would involve a huge expense for San Joaquin County. SJC would then likely ask the state for help but California is in a fiscal crisis.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caligirl9,

This case is so disturbing on so many levels. When was the last time, if ever, you have heard of a young mother, a Sunday school teacher, who would rape and molest a young girl? This just makes me sick! I live near this community and there are still cars and house with missing pictures of little Sandra. I have five small neices and nephews. How can you trust anyone? When I was small (a long time ago) we were allowed to run the neighborhood all day every day. We did not have to report home until the street lights came on in the evening. There was never any worry. It is so sad to me that kids/parents can not trust anyone, even moms or Sunday school teachers with their precious children. I don't know what to think. Thank you for your post.