Ex-doctor charged in Omaha killings to stand trial on additional charge of attempted burglary


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OMAHA, Nebraska — A former doctor accused of killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school will stand trial on an additional charge of attempted burglary related to an attempted break-in last year at the home of a Creighton University Medical School professor.

Anthony Garcia was bound over for trial Thursday following a preliminary hearing on the charge.

Forensic evidence links Garcia to the attempted May 2013 break-in at the home of Creighton pathologist Chhanda Bewtra, prosecutors said Thursday in court. That includes searches for Bewtra's Omaha address on a computer tablet that Garcia owned, they said.

Garcia, 41, of Terre Haute, Indiana, already faces trial on four counts of first-degree murder and various weapons counts. He is accused of fatally stabbing Thomas Hunter, the 11-year-old son of Creighton pathologist William Hunter, and the family's housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, in 2008.

Garcia also is charged in the May deaths of Creighton pathologist Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary.

Authorities say Garcia was motivated by revenge. Roger Brumback and William Hunter had been instrumental in firing Garcia from Creighton's pathology program in 2001. Both men subsequently sent letters to medical boards that prevented Garcia from becoming licensed as a doctor in several states and from finishing other residency programs.

The attempted burglary charge stems from what appeared to be an attempted break-in at Bewtra's home on the same day the Brumbacks were killed. Bewtra, who had supervised Garcia during his time as a resident in the Creighton pathology program, and her husband weren't home when someone tried to push in their back door, she has said.

Garcia has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Douglas County District Judge Duane Dougherty did not take up Garcia's request to be moved out of the county jail while he awaits trial. His attorneys had argued that being kept in solitary confinement is endangering Garcia's mental health.

That motion is set to be heard Aug. 7.

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