Hearings scheduled in January for Anthony Garcia

Dec 5, 2013

Preliminary and pretrial hearings will be held next month for Anthony Garcia.

Garcia was in Douglas County District Court Thursday morning for a hearing on two motions. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the May deaths of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, and the 2008 killings of Shirlee Sherman and Thomas Hunter at a Dundee home.

Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle told Judge Duane Dougherty during Thursday morning’s hearing that 80 percent of the evidence in the Garcia case has been handed over to the defense. Garcia’s attorney, Robert Motta, previously was critical of how quickly that evidence was available to the defense.

"I feel reasonably confident that they’re getting things over as fast as they can, and they have to process the evidence as well. For them, it’s basically still an ongoing investigation in terms of processing evidence, and as they get things in they’ve been pretty good about turning it over."

Next month, Garcia will have a preliminary hearing on an attempted burglary charge, and a pretrial hearing. Motta says he also anticipates filing a motion to suppress evidence relating to Garcia’s arrest in southern Illinois.

In August, a judge ruled there was probable cause to move forward with Garcia’s case.