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Washington governor fires hospital chief following escape

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Update: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday fired the head of psychiatric hospital an accused murderer escaped from last week.
    
The escape was the latest in a litany of problems at the 800-bed Western State Hospital, where violent assaults on both staff and patients have occurred.
    
At a news conference, Inslee said he had relieved Western State Chief Executive Officer Ron Adler of his duties. Inslee said he would be replaced by Cheryl Strange, effective April 25. Strange had previously managed the state public mental health system.
    
Anthony Garver escaped last week from the facility in Lakewood, Washington, where he was being held after he was accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death. Garver and fellow patient Mark Alexander Adams escaped April 6 through a key-locked window. Adams was apprehended the next day. Garver travelled to Spokane, where he was caught by authorities Friday night.

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On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee's Communication Office announced he will be speaking about the issues surrounding Western State Hospital at 1:30pm. 

This press conference comes after the mental hospital made headlines when an accused murderer escaped along with another patient. It was later found out that a 3rd inmate went missing from the facility as well. 

The hospital has a messy history, and has made headlines before, most recently in 2015 after a federal inspection found patient-care problems rose to the level of "immediate jeopardy."

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