Dr. Garcia Back In Omaha, Booked For Four Murders

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Garcia Affidavit

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A van carrying the man accused of killing four people five years apart in Omaha arrived at the Douglas County Jail just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Anthony Garcia had been held in Illinois since his arrest there on Monday. He waived extradition Wednesday and was brought back by officers from the Omaha Police Fugitive Unit. He's expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday according to his attorney.

County Attorney Don Kleine said the 40-year-old was booked on four counts of felony first-degree murder.

The Omaha Police Department has released photos that put Dr. Garcia in the Omaha area at the time of the May murders of Roger and Mary Brumback. It's just one of many pieces of evidence a task force has assembled that links Garcia to four murders.

Court documents obtained by Channel 6 News lay out in sharp detail how the law enforcement task force connected Dr. Garcia to the crimes. As Channel 6 first reported, Dr. Roger and Mary Brumback were killed on May 12th, Mother's Day. Their bodies were not discovered until the following Tuesday, May 14th.

The arrest warrant affidavit indicates the Brumbacks both had distinctive cut wounds to their necks. Roger additionally had been shot. Detectives say the wounds were similar to the cut wounds found on 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and the Hunter family housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, who were murdered in 2008.

Using cell phone and credit card records, the detectives were able to place Dr. Garcia in the metro in a timeframe that syncs up with the Brumback homicides. A credit card transaction was made at a Casey's convenience store in Council Bluffs at 12:38 p.m. on May 12th, the day the Brumbacks were killed. Further investigation produced a surveillance video of Garcia at the cash register.

Officials at Casey’s corporate office in Ankeny, Iowa, say they were contacted by local authorities and were happy to help with the investigation.

Records also show a transaction was made at 2:26 p.m. on May 12th at a restaurant on South 71st Street in Omaha. At 5:18 p.m., Garcia's cell phone received an incoming call which put the phone's location near Atlantic, Iowa, about an hour east of Omaha.

Computer records show the last time the Brumbacks were seen alive was 1:36 p.m. on that Sunday when they used Facetime on an iPad to speak with their daughter.

Detectives have also pulled together records that show Dr. Garcia purchased a Smith & Wesson SD9 VE 9mm handgun in March of this year. An ammunition clip found at the Brumback crime scene is from a Smith & Wesson SD9 semiautomatic handgun.

The affidavit also lays out the link between Dr. Garcia and the 2008 murders of the Hunter boy and Sherman. In addition to the similar cut wounds of the Brumbacks, investigators also note that witnesses in 2008 described seeing what was possibly a gray or silver Honda CRV in the Dundee neighborhood where the Hunter home is located. Records confirm that Garcia did have a silver Honda CRV registered in his name in 2008 when he was living in Shreveport, Louisiana. As Channel 6 has reported, that car is now with his father in California.

Investigators Derek Mois and Chris Gordon also note in the warrant request that the physical description of a man associated with the Honda matches that of Dr. Garcia. In 2008, witnesses described an olive-skinned male between the ages of 20 and 40 with a full face who was wearing a dark colored, oversize suit. Garcia's California driver's license in 2006 indicated he was 5-foot-8 and weighed 180 pounds. A later license from Louisiana described him as 5-foot-8 with a weight of 240.

Documents obtained by Channel 6 and information from informed sources suggest the motive for the murders was a grudge that Dr. Garcia may have held since being fired from the Creighton Pathology Department in June 2001.

It was the second of what would turn out to be four residency programs that ended in failure or frustration for Dr. Garcia. The two people central to his Creighton firing were Dr. Roger Brumback and Dr. William Hunter, whose son Thomas was killed in 2008.

Garcia, who has been living in Terre Haute, Indiana, was arrested in Illinois on a DUI charge. Kleine has not decided yet if he will seek the death penalty.


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