Huckaby's lawyer wants second autopsy

April 17, 2009 7:48:22 PM PDT
The attorney for the woman accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu wants the child's body exhumed for a second autopsy.

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The lawyer representing 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby says another examination is crucial to his client's defense.

The San Joaquin County coroner conducted an autopsy on Cantu, whose body was placed in a suitcase and submerged in an irrigation pond.

The cause of death will not be released until toxicology reports are finished.

The defense request came Thursday; the same day thousands attended a memorial service for the Tracy girl.

A judge declined to rule on the request, but the issue is expected to be addressed at a hearing next week.

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