Sunday School Teacher Faces Death Penalty

Prosecutors file charges of murder, kidnapping, and rape

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 14, 2009 3:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – A California Sunday school teacher arrested for the murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu is now eligible for the death penalty after prosecutors added three “special circumstances,” to her charges today, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The San Joaquin County DA alleges that Melissa Huckaby killed the girl after kidnapping her, sexually assaulting her, and raping her with a foreign object.

This undated photo provided by the family shows Melissa Huckaby. Huckaby, 28, remains in custody at the San Joaquin County (Calif.) Jail.   (AP Photo)
This image provided by the San Joaquin County Seriff's department shows the booking photo of Melissa Huckaby taken Saturday.   (AP Photo)
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