Judge dismisses Bates’ lawsuit over release of Anthony Montwheeler

Anthony Montwheeler. (The Enterprise/File)

VALE – A Malheur County woman and her children will not receive compensation from the state for a deadly 2017 crash in the wake of a decision last week by Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Erin Landis.

Landis dismissed a 2018 lawsuit filed by Vale resident Jessica Bates on behalf of her five children that asserted the state knew Anthony Montwheeler was dangerous and should not have been released from the Oregon State Hospital.

Montwheeler remains in jail pending criminal charges that he kidnapped and murdered an ex-wife in January 2017 and then fled police. 

Prosecutors said the police pursuit ended when Montwheeler crashed into an oncoming vehicle outside of Ontario, killing David Bates and injuring his wife, Jessica. The suit was filed to hold the state accountable for its . . .