The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

State News

July 16, 2013

Indiana doctor arrested in Nebraska killings

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OMAHA, Neb. —

Documents provided Tuesday by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board show that Garcia was denied a medical license in Louisiana a month before the 2008 killings. The May killings occurred within months of Garcia being denied an Indiana license.

Eleven-year-old Thomas Hunter and the housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, were probably not the intended targets of the 2008 attack, and investigators believe Garcia acted alone, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.

Detectives had few leads in the first killings. Witnesses reported seeing a well-dressed, olive-skinned man parking a Honda CR-V about a block from the Hunter home and walking up to the door with a case of some type.

Authorities released a police sketch based on witnesses' recollections, and an award for information climbed to more than $50,000. But police were unable to develop any solid leads, despite an airing of the case on "America's Most Wanted."

Omaha police spokeswoman Lt. Darci Tierney noted that seven years had passed from the time Garcia was fired until the killings of Thomas and his housekeeper.

"For most people, that's such a long time in between. It's probably understandable why his name wouldn't come up," she said.

Tierney said she didn't know what broke the case, but the progress came after an FBI task force was created to look into the slayings after the deaths of the Brumbacks.

"That gave us more resources and more eyes on the case, and you just start working it from more angles," Tierney said.

When he was arrested during a traffic stop, Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and was in possession of a .45-caliber handgun, police said. He was jailed without bond.

Authorities declined to discuss details of Garcia's arrest or detention.

Garcia appeared in court in Jonesboro, Ill., about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis. A judge deferred questions over his extradition to Nebraska until Garcia confers with an attorney headed his way, according to a report by the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale.

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