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Montwheeler pleads not guilty to murder, other charges

Anthony Montwheeler sits in a Vale courtroom during proceedings in his criminal case last month. (The Enterprise/file)

VALE – More than two years after the crimes, Anthony Montwheeler on Friday pleaded not guilty in Malheur County Circuit Court to aggravated murder, kidnapping and assault charges that left a Weiser woman and a Vale man dead.

Montwheeler, sitting in a wheelchair and dressed in street clothes, remained silent while one of his attorneys, William David Falls, said that his client was pleading “not guilty to all counts.”

He is charged with a series of crimes from Jan. 9, 2017. He is accused of kidnapping an ex-wife, Annita Harmon, and stabbing her to death outside an Ontario convenience store. He is charged with murder following a head-on crash on Oregon Highway 201 that killed David Bates and . . .