Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Melissa Huckaby indicted in the death of Sandra Cantu

So now that the shock and awe of Melissa Huckaby's arrest in the murder of Sandra Cantu has settled here comes the news of her indictment.

Back on March 27 of this year 8 year old Cantu of Tracy, California disappeared. Days later on April 6 her body was found stuffed in a suitcase in an irrigation ditch near the trailer park where Cantu's family, as well as Huckaby and her daughter who was a playmate of Sandra, lives.

According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Henry Lee, "Melissa began weeping as the judge read the charges of murder and rape aloud. ... She was shackled and wore a red jail jumpsuit. Otherwise, she said nothing."

Huckaby now faces charges of kidnapping, murder and rape to which she has plead not guilty on all charges. While there is no mention of a possible sentence she would be facing it is worth noting that the death penalty might be on the table depending on what the prosecution decides to do over the course of the next two months.

I'm not sure if the death penalty is the proper punishment but there is no question that she deserves to be punished and more importantly Sandra deserves justice.