Doctor arrested in local area to face four murder charges in Nebraska


Reporter - Kendall Downing

UNION COUNTY, Ill. - A murder suspect will be extradited back to Nebraska from Union County, Illinois to face four first-degree murder and firearms charges.

Illinois State Police pulled over 40-year-old Dr. Anthony Garcia Monday morning under suspicion of DUI in Union County.

Omaha, Nebraska police believe Garcia is responsible for four murders, two in 2008 and two in May of 2013. All the victims were linked to a residency program at Creighton University Medical School that kicked Garcia out in 2001.

Garcia appeared in court on Tuesday, but he did not have an attorney. His family hired a husband and wife team of criminal defense lawyers from Chicago to represent him Wednesday.

For the second day in a row, Dr. Anthony Garcia sat before a Union County judge, this time with his attorneys Robert and Alison Motta.

Garcia waived his right to an extradition hearing, meaning he'll be sent back to Nebraska to face four first-degree murder charges.

"Obviously the Illinois portion of this case is over," said Robert Motta, II, Garcia's attorney.

Motta said the Fugitive From Justice charge in Illinois is no more. Motta couldn’t get into specifics about the four Omaha homicides his client is charged with. The judge signed an order sealing the case file on Wednesday morning.

That means the only legal business left for Dr. Garcia isn't in the Land of Lincoln.

"It's a high-profile case. My client steadfastly professes his innocence," said Motta.

The judge set a hearing date for two weeks from Wedneday in case Garcia hadn't been sent back to Nebraska.

While he's in Illinois, he remains behind bars without bond in Jackson County.