Oregon murder suspect's attorney claims he's not fit for trial

Anthony Montwheeler is accused of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2018 7:13 PM
Updated: Feb. 1, 2018 7:32 PM

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Anthony Montwheeler's mental health is again in question.

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Montwheeler was discharged from the state mental hospital in December 2016 after telling the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board he faked mental illness for 20 years to stay out of prison following the 1996 kidnapping of his first wife and son.

The 50-year-old is now charged with murder after police say he killed a different ex-wife in January 2017 after kidnapping her in Idaho. He then collided head-on with a vehicle while fleeing police in Oregon, killing the driver.

Montwheeler's attorney says in court papers that evaluators at Oregon State Hospital have deemed his client mentally unfit to stand trial. If the judge agrees, Montwheeler would be sent to the hospital to receive treatment until he's ready to assist in his defense.

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