Man indicted in 2 deaths has criminal past

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

An Idaho man accused of murdering his ex-wife and a Vale man last week has a criminal record dating back 25 years, including time in the Oregon prison system.

Anthony Montwheeler, 49, was indicted by a Malheur County grand jury on Jan. 12 for murder, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree assault.

The new crimes occurred 23 days after Oregon state officials released him from supervision from an earlier case where he was found guilty but insane.

He is now accused of the kidnapping and murder of Annita Harmon, 40, of Weiser. He is accused of the murder of David Bates, 38, of Vale and assaulting Bates’ wife, Jessica, 35, when he collided with them outside Ontario.

Montwheeler on Tuesday remained hospitalized in Idaho, but was expected to be extradited to Malheur County, where a judge has ordered he be held on $2 . . .