Docs: Man fit for trial in socialite wife’s death
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors at a psychiatric hospital say a German man is competent to stand trial in the killing of his much-older wife, who was a journalist and socialite.
The doctors at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., said in a report dated Tuesday that 48-year-old Albrecht Muth understands the legal process and appears to want to control the way the case unfolds. But they also say Muth has been weakened by an extended hunger strike.
Muth is charged in the August 2011 beating and strangulation death of 91-year-old Viola Drath inside their Georgetown home. He has claimed to be a general in the Iraqi army and has said he receives visits from the archangel Gabriel.
The case has been sidetracked for months by debate on Muth’s competence for trial.
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