Jurors have found Anthony Garcia guilty on all four counts of 1st degree murder.
Prosecutors charged Garcia with the 2008 murders of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and the family's housekeeper Shirlee Sherman, and the 2013 murders of Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife Mary. They were revenge killings, prosecutors claimed, after Dr. William Hunter -- Thomas' father -- and Brumback fired Garcia from the Creighton pathology department in 2001.
The jury began deliberations Tuesday after closing arguments from the state -- led by Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and his chief deputy Brenda Beadle -- and the Mottas, a pair of criminal defense attorneys from Chicago. Omaha attorney Jeremy Jorgenson partnered with them on the case.
The judge polled the jury about the verdict and they said yes across the board…
"I was confident all along the citizens would sift through the evidence and the theatrics," said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer…
"It’s a great feeling. We waited so long, there were a lot of road blocks,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said.
Kleine was visibly emotional, though, and spoke of the families of the victims.
“It’s extremely emotional. Thomas’s brothers are thinking of their little brother.
They saw horrific photographs," Kleine said.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Garcia is eligible for the death penalty. If voters decide to bring the death penalty back in Nebraska, a panel of three judges will decide whether to sentence him.
Late Monday afternoon, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert offered her reaction to the verdict.
"The Hunter, Sherman and Brumback families have waited years for this guilty verdict. I hope the end of the trial provides solace for these families. The verdict represents the thorough investigation by the Omaha Police Department task force created by Chief Todd Schmaderer, the strong case presented by Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and his staff, and the thoughtful work of the jury."