December Trial Date in Case of Slain D.C. Journalist and Socialite

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    Albrecht Muth

    A District of Columbia judge set a December trial date for a German man charged with killing his elderly wife.

    Albrecht Muth was to have stood trial on Monday, but a judge postponed the date because Muth has grown increasingly weak from months of starvation. He remains hospitalized.

    Superior Court Judge Russell Canan didn't set a new trial date at a hearing last week. Online court records show he later scheduled the trial for December 2.

    It's not clear whether the 48-year-old Muth will be deemed well enough to attend the trial by that point. He is charged in the August 2011 killing of 91-year-old Viola Drath, a German journalist and socialite. He has denied any role in her death.

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