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Montwheeler competency hearing delayed

Anthony Montwheeler leaves Malheur County Circuit Court Friday morning after a judge ruled to push his competency hearing to Sept. 21. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE - He came into the courtroom in a wheelchair and later accused the lawyers and the judge of being “shysters” but in the end Anthony Montwheeler’s long standing judicial case was delayed yet again Friday in Malheur County Circuit Court.

A hearing to determine whether Montwheeler is mentally fit to stand trial was postponed by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ryan. Ryan set aside the week of Sept. 17 for the competency hearing.

The hearing is crucial to determining what happens next in the prosecution of Montwheeler.

Montwheeler, 50, faces murder and kidnapping charges in the kidnapping and killing of an ex-wife, Annita Harmon, outside an Ontario gas station and . . .