CREATED Aug. 14, 2013
Omaha, NE - Inside a Douglas County courtroom Garcia's defense team learned of a new witness.
"We were very surprised to hear about the alleged statements to the stripper, that they brought up."
OPD Investigator Derrick Mois testified at Garcia's preliminary hearing. He said a stripper in Terre Haute, IN came forward about a conversation she had with Garcia in October 2012.
"I'm not as good as you think", he told her. "I killed a little boy and an old woman."
On the stand Mois said the stripper, Cecilia Hoffmann, knew Garcia for a year. He visited her work frequently and even tried to date her. Garcia's defense attorney Alison Motta says those claims seem outrageous.
"I'd be very surprised if her statement is accurate, given she didn't mention it to anyone before hand, and I don't see how you get someone to want to be involved in a relationship with you by telling them that you murdered people. So the timing of that to me is quite suspicious."
Detective Mois also testified Garcia left no DNA evidence at either murder scene. Motta believes after Wednesday's hearing, the forensic evidence backs their case.
"I feel confident that the connection there is just so tenuous, that there is not gonna be, based on what we know right now, there's just no way to establish he was involved in the 2008 incident."
In court Wednesday the prosecution characterized Garcia as a person driven by revenge, who harbored animosity. In response to c claims made by Garcia's defense, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said the evidence will speak for itself.
The case has now been sent to district court. A trial date has not been set. Until then, Anthony Garcia will sit behind bars.