Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I'll bet she would have enjoyed it

Next Monday March 8th will be Sandra Cantu's ninth birthday. Unfortunately she will not be around to join in the festivities. Last year on March 27 a few weeks after her eight birthday Sandra disappeared. A little over a week later her corpse was found stuffed inside a suitcase and left near an irrigation ditch.

Melissa Huckaby, a neighbor of the Cantu family and local Sunday School teacher, is the main suspect in her death.
Huckaby allegedly kidnapped Sandra on Mar. 27, raped her, and then murdered her. Authorities believe she then stuffed Sandra’s lifeless body inside a suitcase and placed it near a drained irrigation ditch, which was discovered on Apr. 6.
She is scheduled for a readiness hearing on March 29 and her trial is set to start October 18. The five counts against Melissa Huckaby. If convicted of the murder charge Huckaby may face the death penalty.

Her family will be holding a birthday memorial at Robert Kenner Park, near Jacobson Elementary where Sandra went to school.