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Ill. yanks license of doctor charged in slayings

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators said Thursday that they have suspended the medical license of a doctor charged in the slayings of four people with ties to a Nebraska medical school that fired him from a residency program more than a decade ago.

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Sue Hofer said the agency suspended Dr. Anthony Garcia's license for lying on his initial application and three renewal applications when he failed to disclose that he had not completed residency programs and that he'd been denied licenses in other states

The Terre Haute, Ind., doctor is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the May deaths of Creighton University pathologist Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, and in the 2008 stabbing deaths of 11-year-old Thomas Hunter, whose father William worked at the university, and his family's housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman.

Police and prosecutors contend that Garcia was motivated by revenge. Roger Brumback and William Hunter had been instrumental in firing Garcia from the Creighton pathology program in 2001. Both men subsequently sent letters to state medical licensing boards that prevented Garcia from becoming licensed in Louisiana, Indiana, Texas and California, and from finishing other residency programs.

Illinois granted Garcia a license in 2003, and renewed his license in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

An attorney for Garcia, Bob Motta, said he is asking Illinois regulators to delay a scheduled July 31 hearing on Garcia's license suspension.

A Nebraska judge on Tuesday denied bond to Garcia, saying there was enough evidence to hold him without bail.

An arrest affidavit says investigators noticed similar stab wounds on all four victims, and that parts of a gun found at the Brumbacks' home matched the model of handgun that Garcia bought in Indiana in March.

Garcia was arrested in southern Illinois last week and extradited to Omaha.

Nebraska prosecutors are weighing whether to seek the death penalty against Garcia. A conviction of first-degree murder in Nebraska brings a minimum sentence of life in prison without parole.

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