Albrecht Muth

D.C. socialite, 91, found dead, her 50-year-old husband is indicted for murder

WASHINGTON (AP) —A man accused of murdering his much-older socialite wife in August was indicted Tuesday, court records show.

Albrecht Muth, 47, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge. The grand jury also found there to be aggravating circumstances of the murder being especially heinous, attrocious or cruel and the victim being especially vulnerable due to age, according to the indictment.

Muth originally was charged with second-degree murder but the grand jury indictment upgraded the charge.

He is accused of killing German journalist and socialite Viola Drath, 91, his wife of 21 years, by blunt force trauma or strangulation. According to the indictment, Muth inflicted injuries on Drath from which she died.

Drath was found dead on the bathroom floor of their Georgetown home in August. An autopsy report revealed that Drath had several injuries, including fractured neck cartilage, bruising around the neck, fractured ribs and a torn right thumbnail.

Muth could face life in prison without parole if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is next due in court March 14.


Source: AP

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