The trial of a man accused of killing four people with ties to Creighton University starts today. Anthony Garcia was arrested more than three years ago for the March 2008 murders of 11 year old Thomas Hunter and the family housekeeper Shirlee Sherman. Garcia is also charged with the May 2013 murders of Roger and Mary Brumback. Back in 2001, Garcia was in the Pathology Department’s residency program and was terminated. Both Brumback and Hunter’s father were both professors in the department. Garcia was arrested in Illinois and maintains his innocence.
Omaha attorney William Gallup says in this case the cards are in the prosecutor’s hands. He says there is a motive and physical evidence. He says, “They’ve got tremendous circumstantial evidence. They can prove that Garcia was in Omaha at the time of these killings, which is critical. They also have a witness that is going to testify that she was a stripper in a bar in Illinois and he told her in the process to woo her, she told him she only dates bad boys. He supposedly told her he killed a woman and a child in Nebraska so that is pretty strong evidence. He would have to get up on the stand and deny that and I don’t think the defense will put him on the stand.”
The jury selection process could take up to a week which is longer than the process usually lasts. Gallup says they will have to find twelve people who say they can put aside all the news coverage this case has drawn over the years. The case will be heard in Judge Gary Randall’s courtroom and six weeks has been set aside for the trial. If all goes as planned opening arguments will be heard on October 3rd.