The jurors in the Anthony Garcia murder trial in Omaha will be at work again today. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says aggravating and mitigating information in the case will be presented to the jury. There are three aggravators they allege.
Kleine says, “That he murdered more than one person on each occasion. That is an aggravator. Part of the purpose of the murder was to conceal the identity of the perpetrator or the crime itself. I think that is very straight forward and that each crime was especially heinous.”
Kleine says the jury should make a decision on the aggravators today. Kleine says if the decide they do exist the case moves to the next phase where the Supreme Court will appoint two other judges to a panel. They will hear evidence of any mitigators the defense wants to put on. The judges will weigh the aggravators and the mitigators and will decide the sentence. Kleine says that could be several months down the road.
Garcia was convicted Wednesday of two double murders. In 2008, 11 year old Thomas Hunter and the family housekeeper Shirlee Sherman were murdered in Hunter’s home. In 2013, Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary were murdered in their home. All had ties to Creighton University’s Pathology Department.