Melissa Huckaby news: Read grand jury transcript from Sandra Cantu murder trial (link provided)
On Friday, authorities released the grand jury transcript from the Sandra Cantu murder trial, which contains details about the 2009 murder of the 8-year-old Tracy, California.
The document consists of over 1,900 pages of grand jury transcripts and other documents that reveal confessed murderer Melissa Huckaby was a “depressed woman with a troubled past and a penchant for cutting herself,” reports CBS 13 News.
The medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on Sandra’s body, Dr. Bennet Omalu, said that her killer demonstrated a “calm, calculating mind at work… This was not something heat of the moment.”
Sandra disappeared in March 2009 and was found several days later stuffed inside a suitcase placed in an irrigation ditch not far from the mobile home park where both the Huckaby and Cantu family lived.
The little girl had often played with Huckaby’s young daughter and the former Sunday school teacher eventually told investigators that Sandra’s death was a game of hide-and-seek that had gone terribly wrong.
She claims that Sandra climbed into one of Huckaby’s suitcases while playing the game with her daughter. Huckaby zipped up the suitcase and forgot abut the little girl until it was too late and Sandra had died. Huckaby told investigators she “freaked out” and placed the suitcase in the irrigation pond.
To see photos regarding the case, click here.
Although Huckaby adamantly denies she sexually molested Sandra, the evidence suggests otherwise, including damage to the little girl’s genital area.
To read the entire grand jury transcript from the Sandra Cantu murder case, click here.
Initially, Huckaby was charged with the kidnap, rape, and murder of Sandra, but the rape charge was dropped in a plea deal with the prosecution. Huckaby agreed to plead guilty to the kidnap and murder of the little girl in exchange for a life sentence.
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