SPOKANE, Wash. -- An escapee from the Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital who was captured on Friday night has made his first appearance in federal court.
U.S. Magistrate James P. Hutton on Monday said it was impossible to determine the mental competence of Anthony Garver, 28, and ordered that Garver remain in custody until his competence could be established. A disheveled-looking Garver was wearing chains as he appeared in federal court on a charge of violating supervised release.
His attorney, Peter Schweda, said it would be unfair to make Garver, also known as Anthony Burke, enter a plea at this time. Garver's next court appearance is April 21.
“He needs to stand trial for killing that young lady that's what needs to happen to Mr. Garver,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said. “They want to say that he's not competent to stand trial because he can't help with his defense anybody that can make this type of escape plan shows very much that he is competence.”
Garver escaped last week from Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, where he was being held after he was accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death in 2013.
He was previously found incompetent in State Court to stand trial for the murder of a woman in 2013 and sent to Western State Hospital. Garver refused to walk to the podium to address the judge.
The judge also said he was concerned with Garver's competence and ruled Garver will remain in custody until his competency can be determined.
If Garver is found competent to stand trial, his supervised release could be revoked and he could be sentenced to prison instead of a mental facility. While this latest search only lasted two days, the last time Garver led law enforcement on a manhunt it took officers more than a month to find him.
“We took this very very serious and it's my hope the state of Washington takes this very serious and keeps him locked up where he belongs,” Knezovich said.
So regardless of competence, Sheriff Knezovich hopes the state will do more to keep Garver away from the public.