Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Wednesday that Dr. Anthony Garcia, suspected in four slayings in Omaha, is set to be returned to the state later this week and will be arraigned Monday or Tuesday on four counts each of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon.
The 40-year-old doctor is being held without bond in Jonesboro, Illinois on suspicion of the 2008 stabbing deaths of the 11-year-old son of Dr. William Hunter and Hunter's housekeeper, as well as the May slayings of Dr. Roger Brumback and Brumback's wife. Both Hunter and Brumback fired Garcia from Creighton University's pathology program in 2001.
Garcia was arrested Monday in southern Illinois and waived extradition at a hearing on Wednesday.
The murders have attracted a lot of media attention and prosecutors are concerned about a possible change of venue. “That will be an issue as we get closer to a trial date which is down the road, but certainly that’s something you get concerned about and we'll try to do everything we can to ensure Mr. Garcia has a fair trial and a fair jury pool,” said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
This could be a death penalty case. “That's something that we're looking into, certainly appears there are several with the evidence that we have,” said Kleine.