The former doctor accused of killing four Omahans is competent to stand trial, Douglas County District Judge Duane Dougherty ruled Friday.

Dougherty's ruling was a mere formality after two psychiatrists and a psychologist testified last week that Anthony Garcia was able to participate in his defense against charges that he killed four people.

Prosecutors allege Garcia held a festering grudge over his 2001 firing, by Dr. William Hunter and Dr. Roger Brumback, from the Creighton University Medical Center. They say Garcia killed Shirlee Sherman and 11-year-old Thomas Hunter in Hunter's Dundee home in March 2008, then killed Dr. Brumback and his wife Mary in their home near 114th and Pacific Streets in May 2013.

Garcia had been ruled incompetent to stand trial after he made several unsubstantiated claims that he had been raped by several correctional officers.

Garcia's trial is slated to start April 4.

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