Update: Bond Denied For Dundee|Brumback Murder Suspect

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A Douglas County judge has denied bond for the 40-year-old doctor accused of murdering 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family’s housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman in March of 2008 and Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary this past May.

Garcia made his first appearance in Douglas County court Tuesday morning. He faces four counts each of first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Garcia's defense team called Tuesday's hearing "predictable" and a "reflection of the community's fear of him (Garcia) and want for punishment."

Defense Attorneys
In addition to denying bond, the judge ruled in favor of the defense to grant adequate access to their client. His attorneys told Channel 6 News in their first meeting with Garcia, they were separated by glass and there was a large echo in the room. In addition, they weren't able to pass paperwork to Garcia. They argued those conditions prevented Garcia from participating in his own defense and made it difficult to keep attorney client privilege.

Bob Motta called the evidence in the case against Garcia circumstantial. He said there is no evidence that places his client inside the homes of the Hunters or Brumbacks.

In response County Attorney Don Kleine said, "It's something we expect to hear from them. The case is progressing fine. There's a lot of work being done."

As for whether Kleine will pursue the death penalty in this case, he said he will not comment until after the preliminary hearing. The hearing is tentatively scheduled for August 14th.

At this time, Garcia's attorneys said he is in segregation inside the jail. There was extra security in front of the jail during the hearing.

There will be special treatment at the preliminary hearing next month. Channel 6 News has learned his appearance will be in probate court so that his contact in the courthouse's public space is limited. The courtroom can also handle some of the larger crowds at the Douglas County Courthouse.

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