Cops: Ind. doctor linked to 4 Neb. deaths

Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Indiana doctor was arrested Monday in the unsolved deaths of four people who had ties to Creighton University's medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a professor who helped fire him from the Nebraska university in 2001.

Dr. Anthony Garcia, 40, is suspected in the May deaths of pathology professor Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, as well as the 2008 stabbing deaths of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and his family housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, according to Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

Roger Brumback and Thomas Hunter's father worked in Creighton's pathology department and had fired Garcia for erratic behavior in 2001, when he was a pathology resident, Schmaderer said. The university is in Omaha. The police chief said Garcia is being held on four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.

Schmaderer declined to discuss details of the evidence against Garcia, who lives in Terre Haute, Ind. Garcia doesn't have a listed phone number in the area, and information about whether he had an attorney wasn't immediately available.

The 2008 slayings of Thomas Hunter and Sherman at the Hunter family's 3,700-square-foot home in Dundee were featured last year on "America's Most Wanted," and a $54,000 reward was offered for information. The historic neighborhood, near one of the city's main parks, is home to some of Omaha's most prominent residents, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

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