Terre Haute doctor suspected in Omaha killings waives extradition
A doctor suspected in four Nebraska slayings is waiving extradition in southern Illinois and will return to Omaha to face murder charges within the next two weeks.
Anthony Garcia appeared Wednesday in Union County court for a 15-minute hearing after he was arrested during a traffic stop.
The 40-year-old from Terre Haute, Indiana wore grey striped scrubs with orange slippers. His legs were shackled and his hands were cuffed at his waist.
He said little during the appearance, offering short responses to a judge, while leaning on his elbows at times at the defense table.
He's being held without bond on suspicion of involvement in the killings of three adults and an 11-year-old boy. All four victims had ties to an Omaha medical school from which Garcia was fired.
Authorities say that when arrested, Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and had a .45-caliber handgun.
Garcia was fired from his medical residency at Omaha's Creighton University in 2001. He is suspected of carrying out two attacks that left four people dead after being denied medical licenses in other states.
He is suspected in the 2008 stabbing deaths of Creighton pathology professor William Hunter's 11-year-old son and housekeeper. Garcia is also suspected in the May deaths of Creighton pathology professor Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary.
Documents provided Tuesday by Indiana officials show the 2008 killings occurred a month after Garcia was denied a Louisiana medical license. The May killings occurred within months of Garcia being denied an Indiana license.
Carolyn Hanley, a neighbor of Garcia's in Terre Haute, said Tuesday that Garcia "was a very quiet man."
Another neighbor, Benjamin Fairhurst, said Garcia waved and wished neighbors happy holidays, but came and left his home at strange hours and never had visitors.
Fairhurst also said police were once called when Garcia twice brought flowers to two college-aged women in the neighborhood.
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