Accused serial killer, Dr. Anthony Garcia, charged with four metro murders, is pushing back. His attorney says Garcia is now angered by the charges against him.
The case, still far from trial, moved back into a courtroom on Thursday. The defense team wants what amounts to five years of evidence from the four Omaha murders.
Garcia is charged in the deaths of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family’s housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, in the Hunters’ Dundee home in 2008. He's also charged with the murders of Creighton University’s Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary in their Omaha home earlier this year.
Soon after Garcia's attorneys took the case they expressed concerns that evidence was not turned over soon enough. On Thursday, attorney Bob Motta said he believes that his motions to speed things up, “lit a fire under them."
Motta wants any and all DNA results. He says his goal is keeping the case on target to go to trial.
A shackled Garcia walked into Judge Doughtery’s courtroom Wednesday thinner in stature since his last appearance.
Motta revealed a shift in his client's perspective saying, "He's pushing back at this point. At first he was stunned and now he is angry."
A full investigation is underway to recover all the evidence for his client.
Deputy County Attorney Brenda Beadle is handling the case and said, “I would guess we are at about 80,” regarding the percentage of evidence turned over to date.
Motta isn't happy with what they've found. He said, “We get certain things; we will be missing page three. We will get bank statements that will have pages 1 and 2, which will have nothing on it. It won't have the actual page that has the transactions on it."
Beadle said, “Again, the volume in this case, I think there is like 14 binders of just reports alone, not to mention the boxes of DVDs - it's a process. They haven't been through it all. He probably doesn't know exactly what they have."
Thursday’s hearing lasted less than an hour. Dr. Garcia then returned to the county jail in solitary confinement.
At the end of the hearing, the judge and defense were in agreement that the evidence sharing is moving at an acceptable pace.
An example of just how wide-ranging some of that evidence is: it includes the gas pedal from Dr. Garcia's car when he was first arrested. The car has since been returned. The state promised to hand over the pedal as well.