OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former doctor has been found guilty of killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a faculty member there.
A Douglas County jury convicted 42-year-old Anthony Garcia Wednesday of four counts of first-degree murder. He faces either life in prison or the death penalty.
Garcia, of Terre Haute, Indiana, was found guilty of fatally stabbing 11-year-old Thomas Hunter, son of Creighton University School of Medicine faculty member Dr. William Hunter; and the family’s housekeeper, 57-year-old Shirlee Sherman, in 2008.
He was also found guilty of the 2013 Mother’s Day deaths of another Creighton pathology doctor, Roger Brumback, and his wife, Mary.
Prosecutors say Garcia’s long-simmering rage over being fired from the medical school’s residency program in 2001 led him to seek revenge.
A news release from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says the assaulted occurred Wednesday afternoon at the maximum security prison in Tecumseh.
The release says the inmate hit the staff member in the head and face while the two were in a staff office in a housing unit. The staff member was able to get out of the office and call for help. The staff member was treated for minor injuries. Neither the inmate nor the staff member were named.
Officials have reported several attacks on corrections staff at various Nebraska prisons over several months, including one in August at the Lincoln Correctional Center that left nine officers injured.
Fort Campbell didn’t identify these soldiers, and says law enforcement at the Army post straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee line are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Pfc. Shadow McClaine.
The Army says McClaine failed to report back for duty as an air traffic control tower operator after the Labor Day weekend.
McClaine’s mother, London Wegrzyn of Yuba City, California, said Wednesday she last heard from her 25-year-old daughter in an exchange of texts on Sept. 2. She says her daughter was dog sitting for a friend and gave no indication anything was wrong.
Wegrzyn says she’s praying detainees will tell authorities what they know.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale is pulling a set of public service announcements off the air amid criticism that they could mislead voters about a death penalty ballot measure.
Gale said Wednesday that the 30- and 60-second radio spots were intended to ensure voters understand the potentially confusing ballot language. Voting “repeal” in the election is a show of support for the punishment, while voting “retain” is a declaration that the death penalty should not be reinstated.
The death penalty opposition group Retain a Just Nebraska argued that radio ads failed to mention that the state will still have life imprisonment if the death penalty stays repealed.
Gale says he pulled the ad so the debate will remain focused on “substantive issues.”
Online court records say 23-year-old Braxton Blackburn pleaded not guilty Friday in Adams County District Court in Hastings to a charge of intentional child abuse resulting in serious injury. His trial is set to begin Jan. 9.
An arrest affidavit says the injuries occurred in March, while Blackburn was watching the baby and an older sibling for his fiancee’s sister. The children’s mother took the baby to an emergency room after she noticed several injuries. Doctors found burns, bruises, a bite mark and the broken leg.
Nebraska State Patrol investigator Cory Townsend testified at a hearing Tuesday that the inmate piled clothes atop Timothy Clausen and Armon Dixon, who’d climbed into a laundry cart on June 10. The cart was then loaded into a truck used to haul laundry from the Lincoln Correctional Center to another state prison.
Authorities have said the two ripped a hole in the truck’s roof, climbed out and jumped off for a brief span of freedom. Clausen and Dixon were recaptured within a week.
The third inmate hasn’t been charged. A judge decided Tuesday that Clausen and Dixon will be tried on escape charges.
The current library policy requires officers to obtain a court order before receiving security video.
Director Laura Marlane has proposed making the policy less restrictive so library staff could release a video if police needed to take immediate action to save a life. Board member Kathleen McCallister says police should have access to footage any time there’s a reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred.
Other board members have citied privacy concerns about changing the policy.
The board has not taken any action on the proposals and will continue to discuss them.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jurors have resumed deliberations in the murder trial of a former doctor charged with killing four people with ties to an Omaha medical school.
Anthony Garcia is charged with fatally stabbing the 11-year-old son of Creighton University medical school faculty member Dr. William Hunter, as well as the family’s housekeeper in 2008. Garcia is also charged with killing another Creighton doctor and his wife in 2013.
Prosecutors say Garcia, of Terre Haute, Indiana, was motivated by revenge against the two doctors, who were instrumental in his being fired from the medical school’s pathology residency program in 2001
The jury deliberated only about two hours Tuesday after a full day of closing arguments. Jurors reconvened at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The lawsuit by the parents of Jackson Cuenca says among the allegations that improper use of forceps caused permanent brain injury during his 2010 birth.
Thomas Shomaker (SHOH’-may-kur), an attorney for the defendants, Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Physicians Clinic, said Tuesday that there was no wrongdoing or failure by medical staffers to meet the standard of care.
On Wednesday he told The Associated Press his clients are considering an appeal. He also says the judge is expected to reduce the award to $1.75 million — the 2010 state cap on medical malpractice damages.