Prosecutors revealed more grisly details as to how four people, connected in some way to the Creighton Pathology Department, were murdered 5 years apart.
Anthony Garcia is charged with the murders of Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman in 2008, and Dr. Roger and Mary Brumback in 2013. Wednesday morning, prosecutors reviewed the grisly details of how Hunter and Sherman were killed through autopsy photos.
Forensic Pathologist Michelle Elieff testified that Sherman was stabbed 18 times on the right side of her neck and the fatal wound happened when the knife was thrust through her neck. Thomas also had stab wounds on the right side, and a knife left through his neck.
The defense wanted to know if Dr. Elieff could tell who died first or if Hunter's body looked staged. She couldn't definitively answer.
Then prosecutors paint a picture of Mother’s Day 2013 with a grisly scene. Piano mover, Jason Peterson, testified two days later he saw a gun magazine in the doorway.
“I’ve moved a lot of things to get a piano ready, but I’ve never moved a gun clip,” Peterson.
OPD Detective Derek Mois went through the entire crime scene detailing gunshot wounds to Roger's back and leg, and stab wounds in his neck. He also indicates a knife was found underneath and next to his wife in the living room; her face, head, and right side of her neck had been stabbed. She apparently had defended herself, and the knives were taken from their kitchen.
The defense went after the detective's theory that Roger Brumback was shot in front of his front door yet there was no blood spatter outside, only inside the home.
Two neighbors also took the stand to say they heard multiple booms around 3pm that Sunday, two days before they were found.
“I scanned the area to look for somebody running, somebody asking for help, something awry,” the neighbor Larry Mason explained. “(When he didn’t see anything) I dismissed it as backfire.”
The prosecution will continue calling witnesses on Thursday morning.