According to California Criminal law, murder is considered as an unlawful killing of a person with a specific intention or malice towards a person. It is with this reason a California Sunday school teacher named Melissa Huckaby was sentenced to life in prison. Her crime was slaying 8 year old Sandra Cantu. The body of the child was found in a suitcase when the child disappeared in Tracy, California in March 2009 and was not found after an extensive search. Prosecutors charged Huckaby with murder, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, and of course rape by instrument. The Sunday school teacher apologized of her ruthless act to the family of Sandra Cantu and her own family. In an emotional tone she addressed the family of the 8 year old child by saying that she is spending each hour of her life memorizing the slain child repenting on my act. California criminal law describes the murder of the first degree as killing someone with malice and through deliberate and premeditate and intent killing. This willful, deliberate and premeditated killing is often characterized by lying in wait, torture using explosive device to kill a person. Similarly, murder of the second degree is almost the same as that of first degree murder according to a defense attorney in San Clemente. Like a person gives heroin to the other person and dies because of overdose, this could be a second degree murder. In these situations hiring an experienced Southern Cali criminal defense attorney firm is suggested it will ensure lowest possible sentence.