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Montwheeler pleads guilty to killing ex-wife, Vale man to end 4-year-old case

Anthony Montwheeler, accused of killing an ex-wife and a Vale resident pleaded guilty to three charges Friday. (The Enterprise/File)

VALE – A Nampa man accused of killing an ex-wife and a Vale resident more than four years ago pleaded guilty to a series of charges Friday in Malheur County Circuit Court, according to Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe.

Anthony Montwheeler pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault.

Montwheeler was charged with a series of crimes that occurred in January 2017. He was accused of kidnapping his ex-wife, Annita Harmon, and stabbing her to death outside an Ontario gas station. He was also charged with murder following a head-on crash on Oregon Highway 201 that killed Vale resident David Bates and injured his wife, Jessica.

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