Next step in Montwheeler case hinges on signature

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – The effort to secure a new psychiatric examination for Anthony W. Montwheeler, 49, now hinges on a signature from a judge.

Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe filed the motion for the procedure April 28. Goldthorpe’s motion came on the heels of Montwheeler saying through his attorney that he may assert an insanity defense to his pending criminal charges.

“The judge has to review it and sign the order and if he wants a hearing before he signs then we will have to go and explain it,” Goldthorpe said Thursday.

Once the order is signed by a state judge, Goldthorpe said, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Hospital will coordinate transporting Montwheeler for the examination. Goldthorpe said by law, Montwheeler can stay no more than 30 days for the examination.

After the evaluation, Goldthorpe will receive the report as . . .