A former doctor accused of two double-homicides in Omaha, separated by five years, has been ruled competent to stand trial.
A Douglas County judge has ruled Anthony Garcia competent to stand trial. A trial date has not been set.
Garcia stands accused of kill Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary in 2013. He also is accused of killing Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman in 2008.
Prosecutor say an employee grudge led to the double homicide nearly three years ago, which is linked to the homicide in 2008.
Garcia is accused of killing Brumback, a Creighton University pathologist, and his wife in retaliation for Brumback’s role in his dismissal from the Creighton pathology residency program in 2001. Both were 65. Prosecutors accuse Garcia of killing the 11-year-old Hunter and Sherman, a 57-year-old, in 2008 to retaliate for the role Creighton pathologist William Hunter played in his firing. Thomas Hunter was William Hunter’s son; Sherman was his house cleaner.
Creighton University officials report Garcia was dismissed after displaying erratic and insubordinate behavior. Both doctors fired Garcia. Garcia moved from Omaha and took up residence in Terre Haute, IN, but was in Omaha at the time of both double murders.
Garcia is charged with four counts of first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit the murders.