PUBLIC INFORMATION -- Three news companies  filed a motion Wednesday to lift the gag order and
unseal court records in the Sandra Cantu murder case, reports the Tracy Press.

The
Associated Press, The Record in Stockton, and the Bay Area News Group
filed a motion citing public interest to overturn a ruling by Judge
Linda Lofthus that bars witnesses and others involved in the case from
talking about it, and keeps case documents secret, according to the AP.

Huckaby
pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and murdering 8-year-old Sandra,
who disappeared March 27 last year from the mobile home park they both
lived in.

Lofthus put a gag order in the case early on, but
during Monday's hearing, neither prosecutor Thomas Testa nor defense
attorney Sam Behar objected to lifting the gag order.

The AP
reported media lawyers argued in court filings that Huckaby's guilty
plea negates any need for a gag order at this point, and its removal
would shed light on the case.

Lofthus at Monday's hearing said
she needed more time to think about the gag order and was unprepared to
lift it or open the case file to the public.

A hearing to argue
for its removal is scheduled for May 24.