Melissa Huckaby Faces Death Sentence
Posted by shadmia on September 11, 2009
Melissa Huckaby, 28, accused in the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, will likely face the death penalty. She was indicted in July on charges of murdering her daughter’s playmate and drugging two other people.
Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said he will seek the death penalty. He is seeking a speedy trial because younger witnesses he may call to testify will have a harder time remembering specifics about what happened.
Huckaby is charged with kidnapping and murdering Sandra, according to the indictment, along with lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and rape by instrument.
Sandra’s body was found after an intensive search, in a suitcase discarded in a pond not far from where she lived.
A gag order has been placed on all parties involved in the case by Superior Court Judge Linda L. Lofthus, who has also sealed documents in the case, including the autopsy and toxicology reports and documents relating to a defense motion to exhume Sandra’s body.
In addition to the murder of Sandra Cantu, Melissa Huckaby faces charges that she attempted to poison two other people: a 7-year-old girl, identified only as “Jane M. Doe” and a Daniel Plowman. She is also charged with child abuse related to the 7-year-old-girl who was “in her care and custody.” She is scheduled to appear again in court of Sept. 25.