Calif. woman mistaken for girl's suspected killer

/ Source: The Associated Press

A Northern California woman who has the same name as the Sunday school teacher charged with murdering an 8-year-old girl says she is getting death threats from people who mistake her for the suspect.

Like the Tracy resident who is accused of killing Sandra Cantu and putting her body in a suitcase, the Melissa Huckaby who lives 14 miles away in Manteca is 28 years old, has a 5-year-old daughter and volunteers at church.

The improbable similarities have created inevitable confusion. News crews keep calling or showing up in Manteca looking for the wrong woman. And so many people posted threatening messages on her MySpace page that the misidentified Huckaby says she fears for her safety.

She and her parents are speaking out in hopes of clearing her name.