Thu July 18, 2013
Anthony Garcia extradited to Omaha to face murder charges
A former Creighton pathology resident accused of killing four people has returned to Omaha.
Omaha Police confirmed that Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia was extradited Thursday from Union County, Illinois. Garcia is being held at the Douglas County Department of Corrections in Omaha. He's charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony.
An affidavit unsealed Thursday regarding Garcia's arrest connects him to Omaha at the times of two double homicides. According to the affidavit, filed Monday in Douglas County District Court, Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, were last heard from on Sunday, May 12, when they spoke with their daughter. The Brumbacks were found dead in their home in west Omaha May 14th of gunshot and stab wounds.
According to the affidavit, a spent casing and cartridges found at the Brumbacks’ home were from a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun. A search warrant found Garcia purchased such a weapon on March 8 at a Terre Haute, Indiana, gun store, along with a 45-caliber handgun.
The affidavit says stab wound patterns on the Brumbacks were consistent with those on Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman, who were stabbed at Hunter’s home in March 2008. Witnesses reported seeing a Honda SUV in the area at the time of the homicides, along with an olive-skinned male between 20 and 40 years of age. Investigators say at that time, Garcia drove a Honda CRV SUV that was registered in Louisiana.
Search warrants also turned up receipts of purchases Garcia made in Omaha and Council Bluffs May 12th.
Garcia was a pathology resident at Creighton from 2000 to 2001, when he was fired by Drs. Brumback and William Hunter for what authorities call erratic behavior. Hunter is the father of Thomas Hunter.
Garcia was arrested Monday in southern Illinois.