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Montwheeler plea hearing delayed to June

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
VALE – Anthony W. Montwheeler, freed from state control in December after admitting faking mental illness, on Monday formally declared his intention to defend himself against murder charges by relying on an insanity defense.
His attorney, David Falls of West Linn, notified prosecutors through a filing Monday in Malheur County Circuit Court. Falls said Montwheeler also might assert diminished responsibility.
The developments came after what was supposed to be the day Montwheeler entered his plea to charges of aggravated murder, assault and kidnapping.
He is accused of kidnapping and stabbing to death an ex-wife, Annita Harmon, and killing David Bates of Vale and injuring his wife Jessica in a collision during a police pursuit on Jan. 9.
Montwheeler’s plea had been delayed once to allow him time to recover from his own injuries.
He was rolled into court Monday in . . .