- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Snohomish County prosecutors have dropped the first-degree murder charge against a mentally ill man accused of stabbing a Lake Stevens woman to death after he was found too delusional to assist his lawyer.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports (https://is.gd/94UvRK ) that Anthony Garver, a man living with schizophrenia, has been held at a state psychiatric hospital for more than a year. He was accused of killing 20-year-old Phillipa Evans-Lopez in June 2013.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson last week dismissed the murder charge and ordered that Garver be held at the hospital for an evaluation, giving prosecutors time to file a petition to have Garver civilly committed at Western State Hospital.

Prosecutors say Garver is linked to the killing through genetic evidence. They hope to refile the charge if he ever regains competency.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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