Update: Accused Killer Back In Court For Assault Case

Dr. Anthony Garcia was back in court Tuesday to face two counts of felony assault charges, in connection to a jailhouse scuffle.

When Judge Marcuzzo asked Garcia if he understood the charges against him, Garcia replied, "Ah.... Not really."

The judge ordered Garcia be held on $50,000 bond. Setting bond is only a formality, since Garcia is being held without bond on the murder charges and can't be released.

Garcia was also ordered not to have any contact with the two jailhouse employees he is accused of assaulting.

Posted December 30, 2013

Dr. Anthony Garcia, accused of killing four people in Omaha, is now facing new assault charges.

Earlier this month, staff placed Garcia on a modified suicide/behavioral watch. Corrections officials say he was increasingly belligerent with staff and acting somewhat irrational.

According to a sheriff's department report, on Friday morning Garcia's hour of recreation time had expired in the dayroom. He disagreed and refused to return to his cell. That's when corrections officers say Garcia kicked and punched them while they tried to get control of him on the floor.

On December 5, Garcia's own attorneys said their client had a perspective shift. They said he had moved from being stunned by the murder charges to being angry.

The state has painted a picture of Dr. Garcia holding a grudge with those in the Creighton pathology department who kicked him out of the program more than a decade ago.

The son and housekeeper of one of the Creighton doctors were stabbed to death in 2008 in Dr. William Hunter's Dundee home. Five years later, another one who was key in letting Garcia go, Dr. Roger Brumback was killed, as was his wife.

Detectives have said there seems to be a signature cut on the victims' necks linking the cases.

This month, Dr. Garcia also filed a civil complaint in federal court contending that he shouldn't be locked up in the first place. He wrote that detectives committed perjury and that the judge shouldn't have "rubber-stamped" the case moving forward. He also questions whether police even had probable cause to arrest him last summer, asking the courts to award him damages of $20 million.

Garcia's attorneys don't expect that civil complaint to go anywhere. In fact, they were unaware that he taken the action. Attorney Alison Motta said they have sent notice to the jail in connection with the new assault charges to preserve any surveillance footage.

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