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Albrecht Muth Hunger Strike Hinders His Murder Trial

8:07 AM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
Albrecht Muth is accused of killing his wife, 91-year-old Viola Drath, at her Georgetown home in August 2011.
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(AP) -- The criminal case of a slain German socialite and journalist has taken another odd twist that throws the trial into question.

Albrecht Muth, who is charged in his wife's August 2011 death, has refused to eat. He's now unable to sit or stand on his own and is at risk of death.

The fasting prompted a judge this week to indefinitely postpone the trial, which was scheduled to start this coming Monday in D.C. Superior Court. A doctor said Muth was too weak to be brought to court, and prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed that it wasn't feasible for him to participate remotely from his hospital bed.

The 48-year-old Muth is charged in the death of Viola Drath, a 91-year-old journalist. He's denied guilt.

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