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Judge puts Anthony Montwheeler case on hold until September

Anthony Montwheeler leaves Malheur County Circuit Court in a wheelchair May 18. A competency hearing for the former Nampa man was postponed until autumn. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE - He came into the courtroom in a wheelchair and then accused the lawyers and the judge of being “shysters.”

In the end, Anthony Montwheeler’s long simmering criminal 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 . . .