OMAHA, Neb. — An Indiana doctor accused of killing four people with ties to a Nebraska medical school that fired him was denied medical licenses in at least two states after being dismissed from Creighton University more than a decade ago.
Anthony Garcia was fired from his residency in 2001 for erratic behavior. He appeared before an Illinois judge Tuesday to face charges in the slayings, which took place in two separate attacks five years apart.
Garcia stands accused in the killing of a pathology professor and his wife earlier this year, as well as the 2008 stabbings of another professor's son and housekeeper in a neighborhood near the home of billionaire Warren Buffett.
The 40-year-old physician, who lives in Terre Haute, Ind., was arrested by Illinois State Police on Monday during a traffic stop in Union County, in southern Illinois.
Garcia is suspected of breaking into the Omaha home of Creighton professor Roger Brumback in May. Investigators believe Garcia fatally shot the professor and stabbed his wife, Mary, to death. He is also charged in the fatal 2008 stabbings of the son of another pathology professor, William Hunter, and his housekeeper in an affluent Omaha neighborhood, just blocks from Buffet's home.
Brumback and Hunter fired Garcia. Neither police nor Creighton officials have detailed the nature of the behavior that led to the dismissal. But a letter sent by Brumback in January to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency said Garcia was fired after attempting to sabotage a fellow Creighton resident. Documents filed with the letter showed that Garcia called the wife of the colleague — who was in the midst of a high-pressure test — insisting that the colleague return to the university's pathology department.
Garcia quit a previous residency to avoid a disciplinary hearing for yelling at a radiology resident. He was fired from subsequent residence programs after failing to obtain a medical license because he omitted problems at earlier programs.