Hearing for German Man Charged in D.C. Wife's Death

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Hearing for German Man Charged in D.C. Wife's Death

William Hennessy

The trial of a German man charged with killing his elderly wife in the District of Columbia remains on target for early next month.

A doctor who has examined 49-year-old Albrecht Muth says his condition has not worsened in recent weeks and that he is eating intermittently.

Muth is scheduled for trial on Dec. 2 in the August 2011 beating and strangulation death of 91-year-old Viola Drath, a German journalist. Muth has denied guilt.

The case has been stalled amid debate over Muth's mental and physical health.

He has claimed to be a brigadier general in the Iraqi Army and has said his wife was killed in an Iranian hit job, but prosecutors say those assertions are all fictional. He has also starved himself off-and-on, leading to hospital stays.

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