| May 24, 2010
A bored Melissa Huckaby propped her head in her hand and drummed her fingers on the defense table as lawyers argued about whether to lift the gag order that's been looming over the Sandra Cantu case for months now.
After listening to 90 minutes of...
| May 25, 2010
In a five-page document filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court, Maria Chavez begged Judge Linda Lofthus to keep the gag order in her daughter's murder in place.
"Whenever we see or hear about the heinous crimes which took the dignity and life of...
| Jun 14, 2010
The sentencing hearing for Melissa Huckaby has started in a San Joaquin County courtroom.
"There is no mystery what the sentence is in this case," Judge Linda Lofthus.
It's standing room only inside the courtroom, and a handful of people are standing....
| Jun 19, 2010
| 7:32 AM
STOCKTON -- Newly released grand jury transcripts show Melissa Huckaby drugged 8-year old Sandra Cantu and sexually assaulted her with a rolling pin before strangling her with an alcohol soaked noose.
Sandra"s body was found with a blood-soaked cloth...
| Jun 14, 2010
Outside the neighborhood where Sandra Cantu lived, Orchard Estates in Tracy, police officers were asking the media not to go in, and neighbors were apprehensive to react on-camera to Melissa Huckaby's sentencing Monday.
Except Coleen Toon.
"Today is a...
| Jun 15, 2010
Melissa Huckaby leaves the San Joaquin County Courthouse today with her life. She will spend that life in prison, but takes with her only the conviction for murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. She's not, according to the record at least, a rapist.
| Jun 18, 2010
| 4:17 PM
The San Joaquin County Court has released the indictment and courtroom transcripts relating to the trial of Melissa Huckaby for the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Cantu.
The documents and details were previously withheld from the media under a gag order...
| Oct 30, 2009
Melissa Huckaby...the woman accused of murdering 8-year old, Sandra Cantu was back in a San Joaquin County courtroom today. Prosecutors want to get a trial set, while the defense says it needs more time. There's still no trial date set, but they did set a...
| Nov 16, 2009
Budget woes could mean pink slips for officers in Tracy's Police Department.
The proposed cuts come as the city remains in the national spotlight with a number of high profile cases.
The City of Tracy has to cut 9-million bucks off it's budget citywide,...
| Aug 17, 2009
The San Joaquin County Grand Jury says 28 year old Melissa Huckaby must stand trial for the kidnap, rape and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. The Tracy girl was reported missing last March. Her body was found a week and a half later stuffed in a...
| Sep 25, 2009
A San Joaquin County judge refused to set a trial date for Melissa Huckaby, who is accused of murdering 8 year old Sandra Cantu. Prosecutor Tom Testa wanted an early date set so that several critical witness who are children would remember key facts....
| Apr 11, 2009
| 7:51 AM
Melissa Huckaby, a Sunday school teacher, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond.
Melissa Huckaby, 28, was detained at 11:55 p.m. Friday, about five hours...