Anthony E. Garver, 25, was arrested Tuesday night at an Everett fast food restaurant. But during his initial courtroom appearance via closed-circuit video Wednesday, he tried to convince the judge he's not Anthony Garver.
"He would dispute his identity as contained in the probable cause document," the lawyer told the judge. Garver then interrupted his lawyer and the judge several times, prompting the attorney to mute Garver's microphone.
The body of Phillipa Evans was discovered bound with electrical cords and covered in stab wounds in her bedroom on June 17. In searching Evans' purse after her murder, investigators found a McDonalds receipt dated three days earlier, and surveillance video from the restaurant showed Evans was ordering food with a man later identified as Garver, according to court documents.
Investigators were also able to get a DNA sample off one of the electrical cords that matched Garver, prosecutors said.
Once they had their match, investigators learned Garver had previously threatened to blow up a DSHS building in Spokane and kill a judge and a prosecutor, court documents said. He was also wanted on a U.S. Marshal's warrant for escape after failing to check in with his probation officer upon his release from prison. According to the warrant, Garver has a violent history, holds anti-government views, was known to carry a cache of military style weapons and explosives and had threatened to shoot anyone who confronted him.
FBI agents also reported Garver was an experienced survivalist with bullet proof vests, night vision goggles, police scanners, equipment for making false IDs, an altered passport and maps with GPS coordinates marked along the Canadian border.
Further investigation indicated Garver had aspired to emulate Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and had sought how to make fertilizer-based explosives, prosecutors said. In addition, Garver had sought bomb-making information online, studied Al-Qaida training manuals and had "threatened mass casualty involving large events," court documents read.
Eleven days after the murder, investigators found that Garver's mother had received an e-mail from him stating it might be the last time she heard from him and indicated something bad had happened but he would never go back to prison.
Tuesday night, detectives located Garver at an Everett fast food restaurant, wearing similar clothes and sporting a similar backpack as seen in the surveillance video on June 14. Investigators also found a knife in Garver's pocket that had what detectives believe were blood stains on the blade, prosecutors said.
When interviewed by detectives, Garver steadfastly denied being involved in Evans' murder. The arrest report does not suggest a motive in the killing.
The motive is a mystery to the victim's mother, who said she doesn't know how her daughter met Garver.
"I don't know what he said or did but she trusted too much," said Kris Evans.
She is now caring for Phillipa's 3-year-old son, and says the whole family feels the loss.
"He doesn't understand," Kris Evans said.
Garver is now being held in the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first degree murder and for his outstanding escape warrants.
"I'm relieved," Kris Evans said, "because because of what was done to her. If someone was out walking around, he could have done it again."
Garver's bail hearing is scheduled for Monday.