VIDEO: Man who escaped Western State Hospital found guilty of murder


WE COULD SEE TEMPERATURES BELOW 20 TOMORROW. A LOCAL HAUNTED HOUSE IN THE DARK. THE SCARE FOR A GOOD CAUSE. SIX YEARS AFTER ANTHONY GARVER WAS ARRESTED FOR MURDER, A JUDGE FOUND HIM GUILTY. THE TRIAL WAS PUT ON HOLD FOR YEARS BECAUSE GARVER WAS MENTALLY UNSTABLE. JOANNA SMALL IS LIVE NOW IN EVERETT, THE JUDGE HAD REALLY HARSH WORDS FOR GARVER. Reporter: HE DID, MONIQUE. THIS IS A BENCH TRIAL SO IT WAS UP TO JUDGE ERIC LUCAS TO DETERMINE IF ANTHONY GARVER WAS GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. BEFORE HE ISSUED HIS VERDICT, HE WENT OVER THE CASE IN GREAT DETAIL IN WHAT HE CALLS THE HOMICIDAL IDEATIONS OF ANTHONY GARNER. IF YOU CAN KILL SOMEBODY, JUST DO IT, THE GAG IS TO PROVIDE TIME. SHE WAS KEPT ALIVE FOR A TIME SO THE ASSAILANT COULD ACCOMPLISH WHAT WAS DESIRED. Reporter: WHAT ANTHONY GARVER DESIRED THE JUDGE SAID WAS TO RAPE, TORTURE, AND BRUTALIZE HER. HE WAS ON TRIAL IN 2013 GAGGING AS TIME THE YOUNG MOTHER TO A BED IN LAKE STEVENS ON USING HER OWN SHOELACES THEN ELECTRICAL CORDS. JUDGE LUCAS RULED TODAY HE IS GUILTY OF CUTTING HER THROAT AND STABBING HER TWO DOZEN TIMES. THE EVIDENCE REPORTS SHE WAS HELD CAPTIVE AND ABUSED THREE DAYS. A KNIFE TIED HIM TO THE CRIME SCENE, INITIALLY HE WAS FOUND INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL, CHARGES WERE DROPPED AND HE WAS COMMITTED TO WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL BUT TODAY, JUDGE LUCAS SAID HE DISAGREED WITH THE DECISION REFERENCING AN INTERVIEW WITH DETECTORS FROM 2013. I DID NOT SEE ANY SORT OF DEBILITATING MENTAL ILLNESS. HIS FACULTIES ARE INTACT. INTELLECTUALLY, HE IS MORE THAN A MATCH FOR DETECTIVES. Reporter: HE ESCAPED FROM WESTERN AND GARVER WAS ON THE RUN FOR DAYS. ONCE CAUGHT, CHARGES WERE REFILED, HE LOOKS NOTHING NOW LIKE THIS DEADPAN MUG SHOT CIRCULATED WHEN HE WAS ON THE LAM, JUDGE LUCAS SAID TODAY BEHIND HIS FRAIL EXTERIOR, ANTHONY GARVER IS A COLD- BLOODED KILLER. IS GUILTY AS CHARGE OF COUNT ONE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. Reporter: THE SECOND OF FOR US SIBLINGS. HIS SISTER ON THE LEFT IN THIS OLD FAMILY PHOTO. TWO SISTERS CAME TO THE TRIAL

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