Garcia Case Stalls Pending Evaluation

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A judge postponed the preliminary hearing and a hearing on motions in the case of Dr. Anthony Garcia on Friday pending a competency evaluation of the defendant.

Garcia’s lawyers are pushing to split the case into three separate considerations.

One would be for the murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman; another would be for the murders of Roger and Mary Brumback and the third would be for the attempted burglary of Dr. Chhandra Bewtra's home which happened before the Brumback murders.

Dr. Bewtra, Dr. Brumback and William Hunter all worked at the Creighton Pathology Department when Garcia was fired in 2001.

Garcia’s attorneys say their client is experiencing a deterioration of his mental state that they say was evident Friday when he interrupted the judge and asked, “May I say something?"

The judge denied the request.

Defense attorneys muted their client and a defiant Garcia then yelled, "I don't trust you,” in the direction of his defense team. “I don't trust you guys."

In fact, Garcia's defense team says his condition is deteriorating so badly that they’re concerned and want an evaluation.

Defense Attorney Alison Motta said, "I wouldn't say something changed overnight but things have been getting more and more difficult for him."

Decisions in the case are on hold, pending the evaluation.

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