A former Creighton University pathology resident has been arrested in connection with four unsolved murders in Omaha.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced Monday that Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia was arrested in Illinois. He’s charged with four counts of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in the deaths of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman in 2008, and for the killings of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, in May.
Chief Schmaderer says Garcia was a pathology resident at Creighton in 2000 and 2001. He allegedly was fired by Drs. William Hunter and Roger Brumback for exhibiting erratic behavior. Hunter is the father of Thomas Hunter. Shirlee Sherman was the Hunter family's housekeeper. Drs. Hunter and Brumback were colleagues in Creighton University Medical Center’s pathology department.
A SWAT team planned to execute a search warrant at Dr. Garcia’s home in Terre Haute, Indiana, Tuesday. Instead, Garcia was arrested in Union County, Illinois, during a traffic stop Monday morning. He's being held in the Jackson County Jail in Murphysboro, Illinois. Schmaderer says Dr. Garcia “fits the elements of a serial killer.”
A Task Force of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials was set up in May to investigate the cases and if the two were connected.