Albrecht Muth of Washington, D.C., found mentally incompetent to stand trial for murder of wife Viola Drath

2:28 PM, Apr 25, 2012   |    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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WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA) - Albrecht Muth, the German man charged with killing his 91-year-old wife in Georgetown last August, has been found incompetent to move forward to an arraignment and trial. Judge Russell Canan ruled on Muth's status at a mental observation hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday.

A doctor's report indicated that Muth is incompetent to proceed at this time, and the doctor recommended that Muth remain hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's, where he has been evaluated, because he is likely to improve and gain competence with further treatment.

The government's request for permission to conduct an independent examination of Muth by the government's expert was heard and granted. Another mental observation hearing was scheduled for June 21 at 10 a.m., and Muth was returned to St. Elizabeth's, where he has been hospitalized for his mental illness.

Muth is charged with first-degree murder in the August 17, 2011 death of 91-year-old Viola Drath. Drath, a German journalist, was found strangled and beaten inside the couple's home.

Last Friday, doctors at St. Elizabeth's said that their interview with Muth on Friday raised doubt about his ability to understand the court case against him and to assist his lawyers.



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