Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tami Huntsman, Gonzalo Curiel make court appearance on murder, torture, child abuse charges

Public defender Jared Jefferson looks on as Tami Huntsman, 39, covers her face as she and Gonzalo Curiel, 17, top, are led away after their arraignment at the Monterey County Courthouse in Salinas, Calif. on January 8, 2016. The pair are being charged with murder and child abuse after two children were found in a storage locker in Redding. (David Royal - Monterey Herald)

Salinas >> Tami Huntsman and Gonzalo Curiel appeared in Monterey County Superior Court Wednesday for proceedings in the murder, torture and child abuse case against them.

Curiel's attorney requested for the search warrants in the case to be sealed for an extended period of time. Steve Somers, Monterey County deputy district attorney, said the judge hasn't made a ruling yet.

Hunstman's attorney filed a writ in the 6th District and documents in the case were transferred to the California 6th District Court of Appeal.

Huntsman, 39, and Curiel, 18, face multiple charges of murder, torture, child abuse and conspiracy in connection with the deaths of 6-year-old Shaun Tara and 3-year-old Delylah Tara, whose bodies were found in a Redding storage unit in December, and the severe abuse and torture of their 9-year-old sister. All three of the children were in Huntsman’s custody.

The two sides will be back in court at 1:30 p.m. May 11 for a calendar call and the preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 23.

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