Vale woman sues state agencies on Montwheeler case

Vale resident Jessica Bates sued three state agencies last week, asserting they were negligent in releasing Nampa resident Anthony Montwheeler in 2016. The suit, filed by Nampa lawyer Brian Skaug, seeks $500,000. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Jessica Bates of Vale sued three state agencies last week, contending they were negligent in freeing Anthony Montwheeler in late 2016, just weeks before he is accused of killing her husband, David, and a Weiser woman, Annita Harmon.

The state Psychiatric Security Review Board, the Oregon State Hospital and the Oregon Health Authority “had knowledge that Montwheeler was mentally unstable and unsuitable for release because he was prone to extreme violence and as such posed a danger to others,” according to the complaint filed in Malheur County Circuit Court.

Montwheeler was released by state officials in December 2016 after he asserted he . . .