News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

July 17, 2013

UPDATE: Doc suspected in Omaha killings waives extradition

JONESBORO, Ill. — A physician suspected in four slayings in Nebraska and arrested in Illinois is waiving extradition and will return to Omaha to face murder charges.

Unshaven and wearing grey striped scrubs and orange slippers, Anthony Garcia offered only short responses during Wednesday’s brief court appearance in southern Illinois’ Union County.

“Absolutely, yes,” he said when asked by Circuit Judge Mark Boie if he was returning to Nebraska voluntarily and understood a one-page extradition waiver.

A lawyer for the 40-year-old Garcia, who lives in Terre Haute, Ind., denied the allegations.

“My client steadfastly professes his innocence,” said Bob Motta, who along with his wife Alison, is representing Garcia in the extradition case and his prosecution in Nebraska. “The game is afoot. The state (Nebraska) has a heavy burden and we’re going to put it to the test.”

Motta declined to go into details of the Nebraska case following Wednesday’s 15-minute hearing. But he bristled at suggestions by Nebraska authorities that Garcia showed traits of a serial killer, calling that “patently absurd.”

Garcia was arrested in Illinois on Monday after a traffic stop on Interstate 57 and was being held without bond.

Douglas County, Neb., prosecutor Don Kleine said Wednesday that Nebraska law enforcement officials will pick up Garcia in Illinois and bring him back to Nebraska by the end of the week.

“I expect him to be arraigned on the charges by Monday or Tuesday,” Kleine said.

Garcia has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of use of a deadly weapon.

Douglas County judges sealed arrest affidavits and other documents that would detail some evidence against Garcia at the request of Omaha police, Kleine said. Kleine said he expects those documents to be unsealed soon now that Garcia has been arrested and made an initial court appearance.

Garcia is accused of killing four people with ties to a Nebraska medical school that fired him more than a decade ago. The slayings took place in two separate attacks five years apart.

His arrest came two months after Creighton professor Roger Brumback was fatally shot and his wife stabbed to death in their Omaha home. Back in 2008, the son of another pathology professor, William Hunter, and his housekeeper were stabbed to death in an affluent Omaha neighborhood near the home of billionaire Warren Buffett.

Brumback and Hunter fired Garcia, who’s been denied a medical license in at least two states.

Neither police nor Creighton officials have detailed the behavior that led to the dismissal. They also haven’t disclosed a motive in the slayings, except to note the firing. But documents show the dismissal for erratic behavior in 2001 had long-lasting effects on Garcia’s career.



 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity