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Escaped mental health patient Garver getting moved out of WA for tests

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Less than a month after accused murderer Anthony Garver escaped from Western State Hospital, a federal judge has ordered that he have a competency evaluation. 

Dressed in a white jumpsuit, Garver appeared in federal court Thursday. Based on his escape history, a judge did not feel comfortable sending Garver back to Western. The hospital also said it would not participate in the competency hearing.

Garver was arrested by law enforcement after an extensive, state-wide manhunt centered on Spokane. However due to a clerical error at the state level, Garver could have been released into the community. The Washington State Attorney General's Office is working to fix that mistake in the system, meaning Garver likely will not be released. 

The judge ordered Garver, who is accused of a violent murder, complete his evaluation out-of-state. He'll be tested to see whether he can understand and participate in the legal process.

The location of the evaluation is unknown at this time, but the judge said it could be in North Carolina or Minnesota.

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