Crime
1:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Dr. Anthony Garcia to stand trial in connection with two double homicides

Dr. Anthony J. Garcia will stand trial in connection with two double homicides in Omaha.

A Douglas County judge ruled Wednesday that there’s enough evidence to move forward with a trial. Garcia is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, in May…as well as the 2008 killings of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family’s housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, in 2008.

The preliminary hearing focused on testimony from Omaha Police Officer Derek Mois of the Criminal Investigations Homicide Unit, who testified about the crime scenes and the evidence investigators say links Garcia to Omaha at the times of the killings.

Mois testified that the stab wounds on all four victims had a similar pattern. Roger Brumback died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was also stabbed. Officer Mois said six people gave statements to police in 2008 about what they saw in the area around the time of the killings.

Judge Darryl Lowe said the cell phone records and receipts mentioned in the affidavit, along with evidence of a gun purchase and proximity, showed probable cause.

Garcia was arrested July 15th in southern Illinois by the Illinois State Police and FBI agents from the Omaha office.