Attorney says Montwheeler should be committed to state hospital, not jail

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — Anthony Montwheeler needs more than a “drive by” psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he’s mentally fit to stand trial on murder and assault charges, his attorney has asserted in a recent court filing.

Malheur County Senior Circuit Judge Patricia Sullivan on June 20 ordered Montwheeler be “immediately” taken to the Oregon State Hospital for examination. She said she found “there is reason to doubt defendant’s fitness to proceed.”

If Montwheeler is found too mentally ill to stand trial, he would be ordered into treatment until he is. Such treatment is typically done at the state hospital.

Sullivan’s action was prompted in part after learning that Montwheeler, 49, had cut himself while in jail.

Montwheeler is in the Malheur County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, assault and kidnapping. He is accused of kidnapping and killing Annita Harmon, an ex-wife, and . . .