U. of Utah grad suspected in Omaha killings due in court
Published: July 17, 2013 11:10AM
Updated: July 17, 2013 11:06AM
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This photo provided by the Omaha Police Department shows Dr. Anthony Garcia, 40. The Indiana doctor who was fired from a Nebraska medical school more than a decade ago has been arrested on suspicion of killing four people with ties to the school in two separate attacks five years apart. Garcia, who lives in Terre Haute, Ind., was arrested by Illinois State Police on Monday, July 15, 2013 during a traffic stop in Union County, in southern Illinois. (AP Photo/Omaha Police Department)

Jonesboro, Ill. • A doctor suspected in four slayings in Nebraska is scheduled for another southern Illinois court appearance that could decide how quickly he’ll return to Omaha to face murder charges.

Anthony Garcia, of Terre Haute, Ind., is set for a court hearing Wednesday morning in Union County, where he was arrested Monday during a traffic stop.

Garcia’s brief court appearance Tuesday in Jonesboro, Ill., was deferred so he could consult with an attorney.

The 40-year-old doctor is being held without bond on suspicion of involvement in the killings of three adults and an 11-year-old boy in Nebraska. All four victims had ties to an Omaha university medical school from which Garcia was fired in 2001.

Authorities say that when arrested, Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and had a .45-caliber handgun.

Garcia graduated from the U. School of Medicine with a speciality in family practice in 1999, according to a class report on the U. medical school website. He was slated to start a residency at the Bassett-St. Elizabeth Hospital Family Practice Program, Utica, N.Y., but instead became a resident at the Creighton pathology department.