Omaha, NE - Anthony Garcia, the man accused of killing four people connected to Creighton University, appeared in Douglas County court today. The judge granted a motion for a competency hearing at the Lincoln Regional Center. It will be determined if Garcia is competent to stand trial.
Prosecutors charged Garcia with killing Creighton professor Roger Brumback and his wife Mary in May and Shirlee Sherman and Thomas Hunter in 2008. Hunter was the son of another Creighton professor, Dr. William Hunter. Sherman was their housekeeper. Garcia is a former pathologist at Creighton University. Prosecutors say Hunter and Brumback fired Garcia in 2001, and the killings were out of revenge.
KMTV Action 3 News reporter Jake Wasikowski was in the courtroom today. He says Garcia asked to say something to the judge in court, but his attorneys quieted him. Garcia said, "your honor may I say something? The defendant?" When his attorneys told him not to, Garcia quietly said, "I don't trust you guys. I think that's of interest."
You'll recall, we have reported past differences in opinion between Garcia and his attorneys. In late 2013 Garcia filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court. He wants the judge who signed the arrest warrant tried for negligence and two Omaha Police Department officers tried for perjury. He also wants the federal court to make his arrest warrant null and void. He is seeking $20 million in damages. He represented himself in that suit. His attorney, Alison Motta told KMTV Action 3 News at the time, "We were unaware of it before, and it is not something we would have advised him to do."
Garcia's scheduled court appearance today was in regards to an attempted burglary charge and an assault while in jail charge.
Watch previous KMTV Action 3 News reports about Garcia: