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Nebraska physician convicted of first degree murder

Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 26, 2016

A jury in Omaha, Nebraska has convicted a physician on all counts of first degree murder.

Anthony Garcia was on trial for the 2008 murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman in Dundee and Dr. Roger and Mary Brumback in 2013. Other charges included use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and an attempt of a class 3 felony.

Jurors did have the option of convicting Garcia of second degree murder or find him not guilty.

Prosecutors said Garcia committed the murders as revenge from his firing from the Creighton University pathology department in 2001.

Thomas Hunter was Dr. William Hunter's son, who fired Garcia from Creighton.

During the closing arguments, Attorney Don Kleine told the jury that the evidence in the case points to Garcia.

They also and asked the jury to give peace to the family of the victims, and peace to the community by holding Garcia accountable.

Defense attorney Bob Motta Jr. countered by telling jurors the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Garcia did it and that two other people of interest had just as much motive as Garcia.

Garcia did not testify in his own defense during the trial which began October 3.