Sandra Cantu's accused killer makes court appearance

3:32 PM, Mar 30, 2010   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - Accused child killer Melissa Huckaby was back in a Stockton courtroom Monday with a dramatically changed appearance.

Huckaby's hair was much shorter, curlier and darker than during previous court hearings.  She also appeared to be substantially heavier.  Pictures of Huckaby's new look were not available because San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus previously ruled against cameras in the courtroom.

Huckaby's court appearance Monday was an opportunity for attorneys in the case to provide an update on their preparation to Lofthus. 

The sole development Monday was the rescheduling of an upcoming hearing from April 12 to May 10.  At that date, Lofthus is expected to set a date for a motion by the defense to suppress police evidence.

On March 27, 2009, Cantu was reported missing. Crews found her body on April 6. It was stuffed into a suitcase and left inside a drainage ditch about 2 miles away from her Tracy home.

Huckaby lived in the same mobile home park as Cantu's family. She has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape.

Huckaby's trial is scheduled to start Oct. 18, 2010.


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