Update: Garcia Deemed Competent To Stand Trial

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A former doctor accused of killing four people with ties to Creighton University Medical School has been found competent to stand trial.

A competency hearing for Anthony Garcia of Terre Haute, Indiana was held Friday afternoon in Douglas County District Court after he spent three months undergoing psychological evaluation at the Lincoln Regional Center. His attorneys asked for the evaluation in February after becoming concerned about his mental state. A state psychiatrist said in March that Garcia is competent to stand trial and Friday the court agreed.

Garcia is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 deaths of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter, son of Creighton University pathologist William Hunter, and family housekeeper Shirlee Sherman as well as the deaths last May of Creighton pathologist Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary.

Authorities say Garcia was motivated by revenge for being fired in 2001. He has pleaded not guilty.

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