STOCKTON — The judge in the case of a Tracy woman charged with murdering and raping 8-year-old Sandra Cantu has recused himself from the case.
The San Joaquin County Superior Court's presiding judge issued a brief statement Monday, saying only that, "The Honorable Terrence Van Oss has recused himself." No explanation was given for the move.
Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus will take up the case Friday. That's when Melissa Huckaby's public defender, Sam Behar, is expected to ask to remove the slain 8-year-old's remains from the Tracy Mausoleum for a second autopsy.
Huckaby is charged with one count of murder with three special circumstances: kidnapping, rape with a foreign object and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child under 14.