TRACY—It was one year ago today when a happy, skipping Sandra Cantu was captured on surveillance video, just minutes before she disappeared from a Tracy mobile home park. Tracy detectives have arrested Melissa Huckaby in connection with Sandra's rape and murder, but it still could be awhile before the case makes it to trial.
"These kinds of cases are extraordinarily complicated, anytime you that have dna in a murder case - they take a long time. It's not tv it doesn't happen in an instant or an hour - there is a significant amount of testing that has to happen to make sure the prosecution is right about their case," says attorney Ken Rosenfeld.
The case against Huckaby has been complicated by alleged misconduct on the part of the Tracy Police Department. According to court documents filed in San Joaquin County earlier this month, Huckaby's attorney's allege Tracy officers said things they shouldn't have to the suspect right after she was arrested. Rosenfeld does not believe the claims are not enough to send the case off the legal rails.
"There's no such thing as a perfect case, there are always some issues and some problems for a case to arrive to the level of dismissal it would have be a titanic screw up by the tracy police department and I don't see that happening here," says Rosenfeld.