Albrecht Muth

Competency hearing for Albrecht Muth continues this week


The competency hearing for accused murderer Albrecht Muth will continue for three more days this week. Muth will appear in D.C. Superior Court as defense and prosecution witnesses are called to testify as to whether the 41-year-old who claims he is an Iraqi general is competent to stand trial in the murder case for his wife Viola Drath, 91.

Last week several expert witnesses testified for both the prosecution and defense, providing contrasting interpretations of Muth’s behavior. Doctors for both sides agreed that Muth believes he is an Iraqi General but differed in their clinical diagnoses.

Dr. Robert Phillips testified for the prosecution that Muth uses his delusions to meet specific goals as part of an elaborate “con” and that he has a rational understanding of the facts of the case. Dr. Shawn Agharkar testified for the defense that Muth’s strict adherence to his delusions does not allow him to accept alternative theories or defenses, and therefore he is incapable of assisting in his own defense.

Muth has a documented history of erratic behavior and domestic violence. He had been known to preside over dinner parties and claim that he was an advisor to the Iraqi military or that he lost an eye as an ambassador to Paraguay. There is no record of him serving in the German military, but following his arrest he requested that he be allowed to wear a German military uniform in court.

Drath was a member of the Washington, D.C. intellectual elite and a respected political advisor, writer and journalist. The 91-year-old was found dead in the second-story bathroom of her home on Q Street NW in D.C. Muth initially told authorities that his wife died from a fall, but a subsequent autopsy ruled her death a homicide from blunt force trauma and strangulation. The self-proclaimed military expert then changed his story and told police her death was the result of a failed assassination attempt by Iranian agents that was aimed at him.

The murder trial is currently scheduled for March, 2013.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

Source: AP

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