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Defense Wants Garcia Prelim. Closed

Defense Wants Garcia Prelim. Closed

By Jake Wasikowski. CREATED Aug 13, 2013

Omaha, NE -- The defense attorneys for Anthony Garcia, accused in the Creighton killings, wants his preliminary hearing closed to the public. 

A motion filed by his counsel, Motta & Motta, asks a Douglas County Judge to close the hearing to the public.  That hearing is scheduled for the morning of August 14th.

The defense argues that an approval of this motion would not further taint the potential jury pool, and they could not get a fair trial if more information is released.  They also claim the "local media coverage has been extremely pervasive."

Garcia is charged with four counts of First Degree Murder.   He's accused of killing Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary in their home in May 2013.  Prosecutors have also charged him with the murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman in 2008.  Hunter is the son of Dr. William Hunter.  Dr. Brumback, and Dr. Hunter were both a part of firing Garcia from Creighton University's Pathology Department in 2001.  Authorities say that firing made it difficult for Garcia to get a medical license, and find work.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says there will be added security for Garcia's hearing no matter what.