Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Sandra Cantu

Melissa Arrested, Disbelief

Police at the pond where the body of Sandra Cantu was found
Police at the pond where the body of
Sandra Cantu was found

On April 10, Melissa Huckaby was arrested, sending the tight-knit community into shock. No one could make sense of the arrest. Even a police spokesperson said at a news conference that he "couldn't begin to theorize" the motive. Did a Sunday school teacher with no history of violence, who was a mother herself, really rape and kill this little girl in the church and pack her in a rolling suitcase before driving in her own car, a purple KIA, to dump the body in that pond?

Huckaby's own relatives were dumbfounded. Her uncle Brett Lawless told CBS's Sacramento affiliate, "The allegations are so far outside what I know about my niece. Of course, there are doubts in my mind. But we understand the police doing their jobs might have some probable cause."

 

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