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Sobbing Melissa Huckaby Indicted



    Huckaby is being held without bail.

    A grand jury has indicted Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed 8-year-old Tracy resident Sandra Cantu and drugged two other people.

    Huckaby, 28, broke down in tears as Judge Linda Lofthus read the five-count indictment against her Monday.

    You can read the indictment for yourself here.

    Huckaby also appeared to have two cuts above her right eye, but it was not immediately clear how those injuries occurred.  It was later reported they were self-inflicted wounds.

    Huckaby Faces New Charges

    [BAY] Huckaby Faces New Charges
    The Tracy woman accused of kidnapping, raping and killing Sandra Cantu was back in court Friday. (Published Friday, May 22, 2009)

    Cantu's disappearance from a trailer park, the discovery of her body and the child's funeral drew national media attention.

    Prosecutors convened a grand jury in late July rather than hold a preliminary hearing to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial. A trial date has not been set.

    Sunday School Teacher in Court for 4th Time

    [BAY] Sunday School Teacher in Court for 4th Time
    Friday is Melissa Huckaby's fourth court appearance since she was arrested in early April on murder, rape and kidnapping charges in the death of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in a canal. (Published Friday, June 12, 2009)

    A prosecutor said a determination on whether to seek the death penalty will be made in the next 60 days or so.

    Huckaby previously pleaded not guilty to murdering Cantu, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond north of Tracy in April.

    Huckaby also pleaded not guilty to charges drugging a 7-year-old girl as well as a 37-year-old man, whom police believe she had dated.

    Huckaby is being held without bail. contributed to this report.