Calif woman guilty in death of daughter’s playmate
STOCKTON, Calif. – A former California Sunday school teacher accused of killing an 8-year-old playmate of her daughter, then hiding the body in a suitcase, has pleaded guilty to murder.
San Joaquin County Superior Court officials say Melissa Huckaby of Tracy entered the first-degree murder plea Monday morning.
Authorities say Huckaby killed Sandra Cantu, a playmate of her young daughter, in March 2009. A search ended when the girl’s body was found in a black suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond a few miles from the mobile home park where she lived.
Assistant Court Executive Officer Sharon Morris says Huckaby faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced June 14.
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