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  • 6 charged with capital murder after deputies unravel suspected smuggling ring[hitman killed too)

    08/26/2010 3:38:02 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 26, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    EDINBURG — Six people accused of a February drug-related slaying faced capital murder charges Thursday morning. The sextet of suspects are allegedly part of a local drug smuggling group that ordered a hit of one of their own after he allegedly stole a load of marijuana delivered to a customer in February, investigators said. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies found Gilberto Aguilar beaten and shot to death on Feb. 6 in a remote field north of Palmview. Investigators believe Aguilar was kidnapped, beaten with brass knuckles and fatally shot after he stole a load of marijuana. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño...
  • Final Execution Tuesday in Ertman-Pena Deaths

    08/17/2010 4:17:56 PM PDT · by buffyt · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/17/2010 | ANDREA WATKINS
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - One of Houston's most notorious killers is expected to be executed Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Huntsville. 35-year-old Peter Cantu appears to have no appeals left. It will be the last of the executions related to the murders of 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman and 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena in 1993. Despite being the leader of the murderous gang, Cantu has lasted longer on death row than his co-defendants. Cantu has spent 17 years on death row; that is longer than either of his victims lived, and almost 7 years longer than the average stay on death row. Cantu was...
  • Sandra Cantu's autopsy report will be sealed to avoid 'public outrage'

    04/25/2009 9:51:34 PM PDT · by freespirited · 32 replies · 3,814+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 4/25/09 | Mike Martinez
    The judge in the Sandra Cantu murder case agreed to seal her autopsy report Friday, saying if the results were released, there would be "public outrage." "We haven't seen anything like this in San Joaquin County," Superior Court Judge Linda L. Loftus said. "A lot of courts have never seen this kind of case." Both prosecution and defense attorneys were in favor of sealing the report. "In the interest of a fair trial, for both sides in this case, that is the only option," Loftus said. "There would be overriding prejudice if the record is unsealed." She said there would...
  • Huckaby linked to previous abduction, police say

    04/22/2009 9:17:19 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies · 894+ views
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2009
    (CNN) -- A California Sunday-school teacher accused of killing a young girl may have abducted another child, police said. Melissa Huckaby, 28, was arrested earlier this month and charged with killing and raping 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, who was taken from a mobile home park in Tracy, California. Police said Huckaby was named in a January police report about the four-hour disappearance of a 7-year-old girl from the same mobile home park, CNN affiliate KOVR reported. After Huckaby returned the girl, the girl had to be taken to a hospital because she was under the influence of a strong muscle relaxant....
  • Tracy Murder Suspect Weeps In Court

    04/14/2009 5:16:09 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 19 replies · 1,285+ views
    STOCKTON, Calif. -- A Tracy woman accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu wept Tuesday during her first court appearance. Melissa Huckaby, 28, was led into a Stockton courtroom in a red jumpsuit and shackles for the afternoon arraignment. She continued to cry as Judge Richard Vlavianos read the charges: one count of murder with the special circumstances of rape with a foreign object, lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14 and murder in the course of a kidnapping. Huckaby did not enter a plea. A public defender was assigned to her. She will next appear in court on...
  • DA: Rape may be alleged in Calif. girl's slaying

    04/13/2009 2:09:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,785+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2009 | MARCUS WOHLSEN and GARANCE BURKE
    TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say they're considering rape and molestation allegations against the woman suspected of killing an 8-year-old Northern California girl and putting her body in a suitcase. Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Huckaby was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Sandra Cantu. The girl was a playmate of her 5-year-old daughter.
  • Motive for Sandra Cantu's Murder a Mystery as Sunday School Teacher Charged

    04/11/2009 9:01:42 PM PDT · by AndyTheBear · 18 replies · 3,123+ views
    Fox News Website ^ | April 11, 2009 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans
    Police in Tracy, Calif., say they are baffled over what drove a Sunday school teacher to kidnap and kill an 8-year-old girl, whose body was found stuffed in the woman's suitcase at the bottom of a pond.
  • Calif. Sunday school teacher booked in child death

    04/11/2009 11:01:26 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 15 replies · 935+ views
    TRACY, Calif. – A California Sunday school teacher was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing an 8-year-old girl whose body was stuffed into a suitcase found in an irrigation pond. Melissa Huckaby, 28, was arrested at 11:55 p.m., about five hours after she drove herself to the station at the request of police, according to Tracy Police Sgt. Tony Sheneman.
  • Pastor's granddaughter arrested in Sandra Cantu slaying

    04/11/2009 9:29:24 AM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies · 1,111+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Saturday, April 11, 2009 | Henry K. Lee, Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers
    (04-11) 07:59 PDT TRACY -- A Sunday school teacher was booked early today on suspicion of murder and kidnapping in the slaying of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond. Melissa Huckaby, 28, was arrested at 11:55 p.m. Friday after she drove to the Tracy Police Department to be interviewed. She was booked at 3:25 a.m. today at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp, where she is being held without bail. "She revealed enough information that we had probable cause to arrest her for both kidnapping and murder," Tracy police Sgt. Tony...
  • Teacher Arrested in Cantu Murder

    04/11/2009 6:31:03 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 47 replies · 2,750+ views
    AP via AOLNews ^ | April 11, 2009 | TERRY COLLINS
    TRACY, Calif. (April 11) - A Sunday school teacher was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, whose body was found in a suitcase in an irrigation pond. Melissa Huckaby, 28, was arrested at 11:55 p.m. Friday, about five hours after she drove herself to the local police station at the request of officers, said police Sgt. Tony Sheneman.
  • Ex-sheriff is handed 24 years [South Texas]

    12/15/2005 9:51:41 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 506+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/14/2005 | Jeorge Zarazua
    BROWNSVILLE — Former Cameron County Sheriff Conrado Cantu and four co-defendants received prison terms Tuesday for a racketeering enterprise that solicited bribes from drug traffickers in exchange for safe passage through this border county. A stern U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle sentenced Cantu to 24 years and two months in prison, with five years of supervision after his release. Cantu is to serve nearly all of the sentence before he can be freed. The judge said she was personally disappointed Cantu and his friends used his power as sheriff to help distribute illegal drugs while undermining the nation's security. Investigators...
  • 'Murder by perjury' in Cantu case?

    12/03/2005 2:36:19 PM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 14 replies · 405+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 3, 2005 | RICK CASEY
    Juan Moreno could end up making Job look lucky. First, at the age of 19, he was shot nine times and left for dead in a 1984 robbery in San Antonio. A companion of Moreno was shot to death during the robbery. Then, Moreno says, he was pressured by police into identifying the wrong man after repeatedly saying it wasn't him. That man, Ruben Cantu, was executed based on Moreno's testimony in a 1985 trial. Now Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed says if her investigation supports Moreno's contention that the wrong man was executed, she may file charges against...
  • Bexar DA has a history in execution under probe

    12/01/2005 4:37:48 AM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 10 replies · 361+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 1, 2005 | LISE OLSEN
    The ex-judge looking into innocence claim of man put to death calls her role minimal SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio district attorney who promised Wednesday to vigorously investigate the innocence claim of Ruben Cantu was a player in the case well before his 1993 execution. During her days as a Bexar County judge, Susan Reed rejected Cantu's death-sentence appeal in 1988 and later set his execution date, records show. But Reed, who was elected district attorney in 1998, said she does not remember Cantu and considers her previous involvement minimal and mostly procedural. She said her staff has already...
  • Executed man's co-defendant says years of guilt have led him to try to clear his friend's name

    11/21/2005 3:47:43 AM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 26 replies · 922+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 21, 2005 | LISE OLSEN
    Silence vow blamed for ultimate penalty They were two teenagers who shared a deadly pact of silence: One grew up in prison tortured by a secret that might have stopped his friend's execution, and the other went to his death without revealing what he knew. Ruben Cantu and David Garza's teenage bond was forged in the unforgiving streets on the south side of San Antonio, where the only rule they learned to respect was never to snitch. When they were both arrested in 1985 for a neighborhood murder-robbery, Cantu, 17 at the time of the crime, insisted he was innocent...
  • Did Texas execute an innocent man?

    11/19/2005 4:20:16 PM PST · by Ninian Dryhope · 180 replies · 4,927+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 19, 2005 | LISE OLSEN
    Texas executed its fifth teenage offender at 22 minutes after midnight on Aug. 24, 1993, after his last request for bubble gum had been refused and his final claim of innocence had been forever silenced. Ruben Cantu, 17 at the time of his crime, had no previous convictions, but a San Antonio prosecutor had branded him a violent thief, gang member and murderer who ruthlessly shot one victim nine times with a rifle before emptying at least nine more rounds into the only eyewitness — a man who barely survived to testify. Four days after a Bexar County jury delivered...
  • Rise and Fall Former sheriff in shackles after term of scandal, controversy (South Texas)

    06/12/2005 7:34:21 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 1,807+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | June 12, 2005 | EMMA PEREZ-TREVIÑO AND SERGIO CHAPA
    In the public eye, Conrado Cantu had it all. The former Cameron County sheriff was often described as charismatic, a man with a firm handshake and a popular catchphrase “Animo” — meaning cheer and encouragement — that became synonymous with his own name. He had politicians by his side, voters on their feet, a badge and a fleet of law enforcement officials at the ready. But the brass badge that adorned his chest was used to shield political allies and drug traffickers, federal investigators are alleging. It helped the former lawman collect a percentage of drug profits and shake down...
  • Laredo Republicans Express Mixed Feelings Over Democrats' Flight to Ardmore

    05/14/2003 5:50:41 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 193+ views
    The Laredo (TX) Morning Times ^ | 05-14-03 | Cortez, Tricia
    Local Republicans express mixed feelings BY TRICIA CORTEZ Times staff writer Local Republicans had sharp words for state Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) and the 52 other "Killer Ds" who crossed state lines into Oklahoma Sunday night in protest of a controversial redistricting map. The "midnight map" was headed for a Monday vote on the 150-member Texas House floor. Area Republicans differed on their opinions of the rushed redistricting process that took place in Austin. They also had mixed feelings over the splitting of Laredo and Webb County down I-35. "I think that would benefit Laredo because Laredo would be split...
  • It's prison for leader of illegal labor ring

    03/15/2003 8:52:50 AM PST · by archy · 52 replies · 1,218+ views
    The Memphis Commercial-Appeal ^ | 15 March 2003 | Bill Dries
    It's prison for leader of illegal labor ring By Bill Dries dries@gomemphis.com March 15, 2003 San Antonio, Texas, labor contractor David Cantu Jr. was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for heading a scheme to bring 150 illegal aliens to work on FedEx Corp.'s world headquarters at Hacks Cross and Winchester. U.S. Dist. Court Judge Hardy Mays also ordered Cantu, owner and managing partner of Brother's Construction II, to pay more than $860,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and to forfeit another $10 million. Asst. U.S. Atty. Linda Nettles Harris said the restitution represents payroll taxes that...