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Montwheeler now judged fit for trial, DA moves to get murder case moving

A state psychiatrist has concluded that Anthony Montwheeler is now well enough to stand trial for murder and assault in Malheur County, according to new court filings.

He is expected to be returned to the Malheur County Jail from the Oregon State Hospital, where a judge sent him in September for treatment.

Barring new legal challenges, the next step in the long-running criminal case is to schedule a time for Montwheeler to finally plead to the crimes he’s been charged with, according to Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County district attorney.

Montwheeler is accused of aggravated murder, kidnapping and assault and faces the death penalty. He is accused of kidnapping an ex-wife, Annita Harmon of Weiser, stabbing her to death outside an Ontario convenience and then deliberately driving into an oncoming SUV, killing David Bates and injuring his wife Jessica . . .