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Trial date set in Tracy girl's death

A trial date has been set for a Tracy woman charged with killing an 8-year- old girl whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

San Joaquin County Judge Linda Lofthus on Friday said Melissa Huckaby's murder trial would begin Oct. 18.

The 28-year-old former Sunday school teacher, seen above, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering Sandra Cantu of Tracy, as well as drugging two other people.

San Joaquin County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Huckaby, who was indicted in July. She was arrested in April.

Prosecutors argued for a speedy trial because they say younger witnesses who may testify could have a difficult time recalling specifics in the case.

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