Anthony Garcia to stand trial on attempted burglary charge

Jun 27, 2014

A man accused of four murders in Omaha will also stand trial on a charge of attempted burglary.

Douglas County Judge Duane Dougherty ruled Thursday there's probable cause to move forward with a trial for Anthony Garcia on the attempted burglary charge. Garcia is accused of trying to break in to the home of Creighton pathologist Dr. Chandra Bewtra in May 2013.

Omaha Police Detective Scott Warner testified that evidence taken from a tablet owned by Garcia showed he searched for Bewtra's address two days before the alleged attempted burglary. Prosecutors say DNA evidence taken from the knob of a back door at Bewtra's home also connects Garcia to the crime.

Garcia's attorney, Allison Motta, questioned why the attempted burglary wasn't reported right away. Motta says the attempted break-in was also discovered from inside the home, and not during an outside search.

Garcia is accused of killing Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, in May 2013 at their west Omaha home. He's also accused of the murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman at Hunter's Dundee home in 2008.

Brumback, Bewtra, and Dr. William Hunter, Thomas Hunter's father, were colleagues in the Creighton pathology department.