Huckaby case still waits for trial date
by TP staff
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STOCKTON — The woman who stands accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering 8-year-old Tracy girl Sandra Cantu appeared in court this morning, but no trial date has been determined.

Today’s hearing for Melissa Chantel Huckaby, 28, was intended to possibly decide on a trial date. While prosecutors said they want to move the case along quickly, as children whose memories might fade may be called as witnesses, Huckaby’s public defender, Sam Behar, convinced the court to wait.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus set hearings for Oct. 30 and Dec. 4 to determine a trial date, court records indicate.

The hearing included a 33-minute break, when Lofthus met with Behar and Huckaby.

At the previous hearing, on Sept. 10, District Attorney James Willett said his side plans to seek the death penalty for Huckaby.

According to the prosecution, Huckaby is said to have killed Sandra on March 27 at Clover Road Baptist Church, which was owned by Huckaby’s grandfather. She also taught Sunday school at the church.

She remains in custody and on suicide watch, as she has reportedly tried to hurt herself in jail. According to reports, she wrapped a blanket around her neck, refused to eat dinner and told a guard she “took pills.” Huckaby’s ex-husband once said she tried to end her life by swallowing razor blades the day Sandra was found.

A farmworker found the girl’s body in a black suitcase in a dairy lagoon north of Tracy on April 6, 10 days after she was reported missing, prompting a city-wide search. Huckaby reported a missing suitcase the same day Sandra’s family said they couldn’t find the girl.

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maybenotdumBcommenT
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September 29, 2009
Why hasn't anyone questioned why MH's mother allowed such a young little girl to wonder all over the RV park. I brought it up before and it was talked about by some of the residents. They kept an eye on her for the mother while she stayed in he trailer. This was mentioned in the very beginning and that was it. Does anyone have one have any thoughts on this? whether this was true or not?

Tinfoil
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September 29, 2009
A family situation where the parents instill a 24/7 supernatural environment is terribly destructive of the children. The kids are subjected to repression,supression,guilt,confusing reward mechanisms. The child sees reality outside the home while inside the home all is alien. Seperate universes. Seperate identities. Subject children to this long enough and they'll snap.
ConcernedNeighbor
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September 29, 2009
I still have questions about that church, I sure hope they are not having sunday schools for children there, since the best intent and purpose of that church is shady at best.

If they close that church, they will open another alternative church, one that worships the sickness of the world.

So sad this happened, in Tracy and all over the world.

MH sounds like a person that wished she were never born.

Sandra Cantu, in her short life on this earth, yielded us this sick woman so that MH would be stopped!!! So sad, but she has been stopped.

CN

Tinfoil
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September 29, 2009
I'm wondering if the comments I've read here about Ms Huckaby's religious family may point to a reason behind Ms Huckaby's mental state. Anything can be carried to extremes including religion. I have been inside homes and met families living in religious extremism to the point where my first thought was get the kids out of here ASAP.
chris76543
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September 28, 2009
I didn't bring up the possibility of MH being molested as a child as a reason for the act, but as a cause of what screwed her up to this point (and of having suicidal at age 12). As far as molesteds not turning into molesters, MH had many other problems - to me seeming like she wanted attention - even saying a cop raped her at 18, when the cop was cleared (not that it couldn't have happened, but it could have been someone else). Her lighting the fires in San Diego, stealing/getting caught, put on probation, stealing again, etc, etc. I highly doubt she was selling kiddy porn - not sure why anyone would bring up the new car, etc - supposedly she was using money from a grant or ??? to live on. I agree that she could have been making her daughter sick by drugging her or ??? - is called Munchausen's by Proxy - also done to get attention (this should be easy to see if her daughter doesn't get sick now that she stays with the ex-husband). If MH DOES go to a nut ward, I think she'll commit suicide, or as someone else said she may do it before the trial/sentencing.

She's a screwed up woman from a screwed up family. Do any locals know if the Clover Road Church is still holding service? I've not heard anything since the wind (likely) blew over the sign (as someone said, maybe a "Heavenly message" for them to close up shop there).
Tinfoil
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September 28, 2009
Pat Benatar's song Hell is for Children (1989)

They cry in the dark, so you cant see their tears

They hide in the light, so you cant see their fears

Forgive and forget, all the while

Love and pain become one and the same

In the eyes of a wounded child

Because hell

Hell is for children

And you know that their little lives can become such a mess

Hell

Hell is for children

And you shouldnt have to pay for your love with your bones and your flesh

Its all so confusing, this brutal abusing

They blacken your eyes, and then apologize

You're daddy's good girl, and don't tell mommy a thing

Be a good little boy, and you'll get a new toy

Tell grandma you fell off the swing

Because hell

Hell is for children

And you know that their little lives can become such a mess

Hell

Hell is for children

And you shouldnt have to pay for your love with your bones and your flesh

Tinfoil
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September 28, 2009
I would take a guess that Ms Huckaby was and still is functioning at a stunted-growth maturity level between 8 and 12 years of age. The question is why. What caused this?
ConcernedNeighbor
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September 28, 2009
It will be very interesting to see what comes out at the trial, when and if that does ever take place!

MH just might be successful at ending her life during these postponements, and the true story will never come out! No closure for the Cantu family, either!

Must be a teasing type of agonizing wait for the Cantu family! I am not liking the direction it is going.

CN
Tinfoil
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September 28, 2009
to shelly13: I'm with you on that. There's a lot that'll come out during the trial. Stuff that'll probably turn the public's hair white. I mean from the start of this I could see an immensity beyond the simple facts of the case.
ConcernedNeighbor
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September 28, 2009
It is interesting that none of her family came out to speak in support of MH. Makes me wonder if she did act alone, or a pawn in their sick game?

I think she may be the tip of the pyramid, if something is revealed the truth might topple their "empire".... just speculating under the influence of medication, sorry.

CN
shelly13
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September 27, 2009
PS yes, still something up with the family...somethings not right and I can't wait to hear what they have checked into at the trial.

As always, my thoughts are with Sandra's family.
shelly13
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September 27, 2009
Either keep all the molesters locked up or give them all lobotomies and put em to work!!! They are off the street and the govt has more free laborers!
gypsy_green_eyes
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September 27, 2009
I totally agree with surf. I wrote exactly the same scenario in a previous article......

This pathetic bitch was only out for her sick pleasure and money. She was broke living with grandma and grandpa but she drove a new car and had the money to support a sick child. They need to see if the reason her little girl was always sick wasn't because she was drugging her too.

All the things she did, the crimes she committed she did consciously and willingly. No one held a gun her head. She did THESE things connivingly using drugs and earning the trust of these children and their families not to mention hiding behind the church and secretly because she knews it was wrong. IT IS reality that some people are just born evil. So what if she was molested!!!! We're suppose to say "Oh well that explains it lets put her in a hospital" then study her for a while so she earns the trust of the doctors and is released in a few years to do it again. Your off your stinking rocker!

I will say what I've always said and believe firmly "THERE IS NO REHABILITATING THESE ANIMALS"!!! Unless you remove there genitals and arms they will continue to hurt children. It is proven over and over and over again when we hear or read about repeat sex offenders in the news. How it could've or should've been prevented and someone should've been on top of these perverts game. They're a disease taking over our country and communities that SOMEONE needs to find a vaccination for. Oh but wait, we all have "CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS"!! What about our children? They don't have the right to feel safe in the world they live in?

Forget the middle east Obama we've got terrorists right her terrorizing our children!!! At least THEY properly punish their people for crimes against children!!! No tolerence!!! That's all the law we need to put an end to these sick sons of bitches!!!

Tinfoil
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September 27, 2009
From the Chambers Brothers Time has come today

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The rules have changed today

I have no place to stay

My love has flown away

My tears have come and gone

Oh my Lord, I have to roam

I have no home

Now the time has come

There's no place to run

I might get burned up by the sun

But I had my fun

I've been loved and put aside

I've been crushed by the tumbling tide

And my soul has been psychedelicized

Tinfoil
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September 27, 2009
Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here. Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it.

Arthur C. Clarke

Tinfoil
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September 27, 2009
From my friends the Stone Coyotes,Desperate Times

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There’s a dog and he won’t stop howling

In a way he never howled before

I asked him, “What’s the problem?”

He said, “Go home and barricade the door”

There’s a shadow on the front lawn

There’s a crack in the wall

Where’s a soothsayer when you need one?

Might mean everything or nothing at all

Oh, say can you see?

Can you read between the lines?

Give me a kiss for good luck

After all, these are desperate times

Here lies a poet

Unnoticed and unsung

In a corner of the graveyard

Words left burning on the tongue

There’s a woman standing in the hallway

Looks like she’s got a tale to tell

She keeps saying over and over

“Someone stole the warning bell”
Tinfoil
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September 27, 2009
Procol Harum Skip Softy lyrics (1968)

Skip softly, my moonbeams, avoid being seen

Pretend that perhaps you are part of a dream

which (seen by some other such person as me)

would only glow smiling and nod and agree

Skip softly, my moonbeams, for I have heard tell

that the stairs up to heaven lead straight down to hell

Tinfoil
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September 27, 2009
to 5silvas: It's all about reward mechanisms,totems and taboos. There is SOO much horror today. We're exposed to it 24/7 thru a vastly more effective media than was present when I was born in 1946. I watched the movie Ben Hur last night on tv. I was in grammer school when the movie first aired at Grummam's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. A school bus carried me and other kids to see the movie. What was that,1959? And of course it was a cheesy religious drama. But to this day I remember the lesson learned that being do no harm to others. The times they have changed and today's examples to kids are anti-heros. We saw this in the AIG debacle and Bernie Madoff. Old fashioned shame used to stop people from doing what Ms Huckaby has been accused of doing. Back during the 1940s and 50s shame was like having a cop on one shoulder and the devil on the other whispering into your ear. The cop always won out. That governing mechanism has gone by the wayside. Today,if it feels good do it holds sway. If there is a God may it have mercy o'er today's generation as those of my generation die out. Who out there listens to us? Few if any. When we're gone you kids today will re-learn the hard way what we knew thru experience. Had I been given five minutes with Ms Huckaby prior to the murder,her victim the little girl would still be alive.
5silvas
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September 27, 2009
Today marks the 6th month since Sandra has been taken from this world. MH is such a horrible, horrible person (?) to have done ANY of this. We all only wish that somehow Sandra could've made it through this whole ordeal, just like the little girl months/weeks before her. Makes you wonder if MH intentionally killed Sandra, or it really was a accident? SOmetimes I think it really was a accident, why else would MH be acting the way she has? Trying to commit suicide? Not wanting to go into court? But why would the lawyers say that it was intentional unless they had real reason it was?

Did anyone else ever hear about the police finding info on MH's computer that she "researched" what she was about to do? I did and it makes me sick.

Anyways, I hope that today Sandra's family is doing the best they can, and know that they are in our prayers, along with sweet little Sandra.
Tinfoil
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September 27, 2009
Perhaps Ms Huckaby was molested as a child but I doubt it. It's become a cultural myth that molested children automatically grow up to become sexual predators. This would only happen if the child liked the experience. Ask any adult who's lived thru childhood molestation/incest if she/he enjoyed it. The real afteraffect of molestation is directed inward not outward. Self destruction thru drugs,prostitution,etc. Too young to understand what's happening the child invariably blames herself/himself for the molestation. This leads as they grow older to utter failure in all things societally related.


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