Judge Issues Gag Order in Sandra Cantu Murder Case

Fox 40
April 21, 2009

TRACY - On her first day presiding over the Melissa Huckaby murder case, Judge Linda Loftus issued a gag order barring anyone involved with the case from speaking to the media.

KRON-TV reports Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa was hand-delivered the order from new presiding Judge Linda Loftus, directing the "parties and counsel" away from releasing "information or opinions concerning this case or any issue likely involved."

The new gag order will make information-gathering harder by the media, since witnesses, investigators and other people involved in the investigation and the case won't be allowed to speak with reporters. At Melissa Huckaby's preliminary hearing, Huckaby's defense attorney asked the judge for a gag order due to the high profile nature of the murder case, which has been covered by local and national media for week.

Yesterday, Judge Terrence Van Oss officially stepped away from the murder case with no explanation.

Melissa Huckaby, a former Sunday school teacher, stands accused of kidnapping, molesting and murdering 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy in late March.


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