VALE — Anthony Montwheeler, who is accused of killing two people in January 2017, has had his trial pushed back a year after a motion for continuance was passed during a Monday hearing at Malheur Circuit Court.

The jury trial for Montwheeler will start on July 13, 2020 and is expected to run through Sept. 4. The trial was supposed to start in September before the motion for continuance.

The motion for continuance also means the defense has until Oct. 1 to file any additional motions. The state responses to those motions are due by Nov. 18 and the defense’s replies are due by Dec. 2.

Montwheeler was deemed fit to stand trial back in December and pleaded not guilty to his charges on Feb. 22.

He is facing four counts of aggravated murder, three counts of murder, and one count each of kidnapping in the first degree and assault in the first degree.

Montwheeler’s charges stem from an alleged kidnapping stabbing of his ex-wife Anita Harmon in Weiser and subsequent stabbing in Ontario. Harmon was found dead following a head-on crash which occurred as Montwheeler attempted to flee in his Dodge pickup. Killed in the crash was David Bates, of Vale, an occupant in the other vehicle. His wife, Jessica Bates was injured in the crash.

Bates is now suing multiple state entities, including the Psychiatric Security Review Board and the Oregon State Hospital where Montwheeler was once a resident, for the wrongful death of her husband. The lawsuit claims the events in January of 2017 were the “result of the negligent and/or reckless conduct of the defendants.”

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