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Montwheeler trial set for 2019

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
VALE – Tony Montwheeler, accused in two murders in Malheur County, has been scheduled for trial nearly two years from now.
Montwheeler is accused of kidnapping and murdering Annita Harmon, an ex-wife, and killing David Bates and injuring Jessica Bates in a collision while eluding police in January.Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe said he still has not received the results of a mental health evaluation of the former Nampa man conducted in September at the state hospital.
“We are in limbo,” said Goldthorpe.
Once Goldthorpe receives the results of the state examination, a court hearing will determine if Montwheeler is fit for trial or whether he needs treatment at the state hospital.
In June, Malheur Senior Circuit Judge Patri cia Sullivan ordered Montwheeler be examined after she found “there is reason to doubt defendant’s fitness to proceed.”
Multnomah Circuit Court . . .