Judge Linda Lofthus issued a gag order that directs all parties not to release “information or opinions concerning this case or any issue likely involved in this case.”
Lofthus has taken over from San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Terrence Van Oss, who recused himself this week.
Huckaby will appear at a second arraignment at 12:45 p.m. Friday in Stockton. She 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.
The defense had asked for a second autopsy of the slain 8-year-old on the day of her memorial service.
“I believe and allege such an examination is extremely crucial and material to Ms. Huckaby’s defense,” defense attorney Sam Behar said in his report last week.
Before Tuesday’s gag order, however, Public Defender Peter Fox told the San Francisco Chronicle that independent tests are not needed and that relevant samples were preserved.
“It will not be necessary to disturb the child’s remains,” Fox told the Chronicle. “From a human point of view, certainly, it’s nice not to have to do that.”
The county medical examiner has not released results of the autopsy, cause of death or toxicology tests.