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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Suspected murderer Garver, asks for new attorney


October 1, 2013

In June 2013, Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez, 20, was found dead in a home in Lake Stevens. Her throat was cut and she was stabbed 24 times.

Lake Stevens Police, along with help from other police sources, arrested Anthony Garver, 25, on July 2 after linking DNA found at the scene to the suspected killer.

Garver is currently being held in the Snohomish County Jail without bail.

On Thursday, September 19, Garver was in court asking Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Bruce Weiss for a new attorney claiming, in a hand written document, that his current attorney is “condescending” and not interested in listening to his suggestions.

Garver is being charged with first-degree murder.

Judge Weiss granted Garver’s wish but told him that he didn’t think that changing attorneys would help him.

Garver interrupted the judge several times, something he also did in earlier court appearances.

When Garver was arrested in July, he was carrying a knife which was allegedly contaminated with the blood of Evans-Lopez.

There was also a video tape of Garver with Evans-Lopez at the Lake Stevens McDonalds which helped tie the two together, according to Lake Stevens detectives.

According to the Everett Herald, “Garver has in the past threatened to kill judges and prosecutors. He was released from federal prison in February after serving time for threatening to blow up a government building in Spokane.”

Garver’s trial was supposed to start this month but will have to be postponed until a new lawyer can be appointed.


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