Nearly 6 years later, a homicide suspect still awaits trial

The man charged with the 2013 murder of Phillipa Evans-Lopez has been a challenging defendant.

Anthony Garver (Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)

Anthony Garver (Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)

EVERETT — A man accused of killing a woman in Lake Stevens in 2013 still is awaiting trial.

Anthony Garver, now 31, was back in Snohomish County Superior Court on Dec. 28.

At the hearing, the prosecutor and the defense attorney agreed to push back the trial date again, this time from January to March.

Garver is charged with first-degree murder. Bail is denied for Garver, who is being held at the Snohomish County Jail.

Six years ago, he quickly became a suspect after Phillipa Evans-Lopez, 20, was found stabbed to death. She apparently met Garver at an Everett McDonald’s a day or so before she was slain.

Earlier trial delays involved questions about Garver’s mental health, as well as his escape from Western State Hospital in 2016. He was caught a couple of days later in a wooded area near Spokane, where his mother lives.

Since then, he has been found competent to assist in his own defense.

Last June, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office issued a news bulletin looking for someone with the same model of knife that was used in the homicide. A knife later was submitted from the public to assist with forensic analysis.

In the past, he has threatened to kill judges and prosecutors. He was released from federal prison in February 2013 after serving time for threatening to blow up a government building in Spokane.

Evans-Lopez was killed months later.

Last year, sheriff’s detectives also asked for help locating a man whom they said might have information about the case. The man was located and later spent time in jail in King County on allegations related to his sex offender registration status.

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