Eccentric German man accused of murdering 91-year-old Georgetown wife is hospitalized
Albrecht Muth, the German man accused of murdering his much older Georgetown wife Viola Drath, is in critical condition at a local hospital as a result of a hunger strike, according to a Washington Post report.
“Death is imminent,” was the message left on a reporter’s voicemail from a man sounding like Muth.
Muth, 47, is charged with the first degree murder of his 91-year-old wife after she was found bludgeoned to death in the second-story bathroom of their home on Q Street NW in Washington 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.
In December, Judge Russell F. Canan determined that Muth was competent to stand trial despite an extended stay at St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric hospital. Muth’s attorneys continue to argue that their client is not competent.
This is not Muth’s first hunger strike. The eccentric self-proclaimed Ambassador to Paraguay has fasted on at least two other occasions, often making his court appearances in a tired and beleaguered state.
His murder trial is currently scheduled to begin in March. It is unknown whether this latest medical issue will postpone that trial date.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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