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Garcia to stand trial on four counts of first degree murder

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By: Brittany Paris

An Omaha judge decided the doctor charged with killing four people in Omaha will stand trial for the murders.

This, after convincing testimony from an Omaha officer in Anthony Garcia's preliminary court hearing on Wednesday.

The officer said Garcia wanted to date a stripper in Indiana. To impress her, Garcia told her he had killed an old lady and a little boy.

That testimony is what the judge says convinced him the prosecution had enough evidence to try Garcia in the murders of Shirlee Sherman and Thomas Hunter back in 2008, and the deaths of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, in May.

All the victims had ties to the Creighton University Pathology Department that fired Garcia in 2001.

The prosecution thinks revenge could be a motive. But the defense says that's not the case.

"With regards to Dr. Hunter, you saw the letter the guy recommended him. He spoke highly of him, he got him his next job," Allison Motta, one of Garcia's Attorneys, said. "So as far as we know, the revenge theory doesn't hold water because of that."

Motta is referring to a letter of recommendation Hunter, one of the professors who fired Garcia, wrote. It says Garcia was a hard worker and was relocating for personal reasons.

A date for Garcia to appear in District Court should be set within the next few months.

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