Montwheeler to claim abuse from childhood, seeks return to hospital

Anthony Montwheeler sits in the Malheur County Circuit Court during a trial earlier in the year. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser)

VALE – People dating back to Anthony Montwheeler’s childhood are being called on to help get the accused murderer sent back to the Oregon State Hospital for treatment.

Defense attorneys representing Montwheeler have combed through his past, piecing together what they say is a life of abuse and neglect. That history has left Montwheeler so damaged that he is unable to defend himself against charges that he murdered an ex-wife and killed a Vale man in a rampage in January 2017, his attorneys maintain.

To make that point, Montwheeler is scheduled to come face to face next month in Malheur County Circuit Court with his first grade teacher from the town of Halfway, the babysitter caring for him the night . . .