Doctor wanted for four murders arrested in local area

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Reporter - Kendall Downing

UNION COUNTY, Ill. - A suspect at the center of a nationwide manhunt is in jail in Jackson County, Illinois. Investigators from around the country are now in the local area, too.

Illinois State Police pulled over 40-year-old Dr. Anthony Garcia on Monday morning under suspicion of DUI. Garcia lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.

At the time of the arrest Monday, police discovered a warrant issued in July for four outstanding first-degree murder and firearms charges out of Omaha, Nebraska.

Investigators there said Garcia is behind the killings of a pathology professor from Creighton University Medical School in May of 2013 and another pair of murders from 2008. Those killings include the 11-year-old son of another Creighton pathology professor and the family's housekeeper.

Prosecutors in Union County charged Garcia with being a fugitive from justice.

He made his first court appearance Tuesday morning and immediately questions loomed about the status of Garcia's attorney.

Prosecutors had information Alison Motta from Chicago was coming to represent him.

Garcia said he hadn't even seen the charging documents.

"The family members reached out to us," said Motta," And we're on our way to go talk to Mr. Garcia now."

An Illinois State Police officer stopped Dr. Garcia Monday morning near mile-point 36 on Interstate 57.

Garcia currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. Police searched his home there on Monday.

Omaha, Nebraska police said Garcia was let go from a medical residency program in 2001 for erratic behavior.

In 2008, 11-year-old Thomas Hunter, the son of a pathology professor, and the family's housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, were stabbed to death.

Then in May of 2013, Creighton pathology professor Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary were murdered in their Omaha, Nebraska home.

"We do have evidence to suggest that he did visit the city of Omaha in 2008 and 2013 at the time of the homicides," said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

The FBI gathered evidence Tuesday from Dr. Garcia's black SUV parked at the Union County Courthouse.

Alison Motta and her attorney husband will be with Garcia Tuesday night ahead of Wednesday's court date.

The hearing will take place at 11:30 on Wednesday.

Attorneys for Dr. Anthony Garcia told us his family members are confident he is innocent of the charges.

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