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Sentencing hearing for Anthony Garcia Wednesday

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jun 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 15:17:04-04

The man who committed the "Creighton Killings" is having his defense team say why he should not get the death penalty. 

Anthony Garcia murdered Thomas Hunter and Shirlee Sherman in 2008 and Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary in 2013 as revenge for being fired from the Creighton Pathology Department. 

Garcia was disinterested with his life on the line all day in court Wednesday. His defense attorney said he was asleep or catatonic and added Garcia hadn't spoken to him. Judge Gary Randall, Judge Russell Boiw and Judge Rick Schreiner will decide if Garcia is sentenced to death. 

Garcia's defense argued he was a poor doctor but kept being given work in medical departments, setting him up to fail. 

"Dr. Garcia was severely mentally ill, he was an alcoholic, he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crimes, he suffered from medical conditions as well as contributed to his mental illness and impairment,” attorney Jeff Pickens said. "He was burdened by a profound failure all of which caused him to fixate on the two people he believed were responsible for all his problems."

Prosecutors say Garcia chose to commit the murders and chooses to sleep in court so his mental state should not outweigh what he did.