| 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
Former Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby has been sentenced to a prison term of life without the possibility of parole and ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution for the kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy in 2009.
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 12, 2009
TRACY, Calif. - A Sunday school teacher and neighbor 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 arrested at 11:55 p.m. Friday, about five...
| Apr 14, 2009
SAN DIEGO - The Sunday school teacher being held in the killing of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu may face additional counts when she's arraigned Tuesday.
San Joaquin County prosecutors said a murder charge against Melissa Huckaby could include the special...
| May 1, 2009
| 7:22 AM
They're leading the news... They're behind the wheel... And they're involved in unspeakable crimes... In recent weeks, the headlines have been filled with stories of women on the verge.
From the woman who led police on a two-hour car chase in a U-Haul to...