Husband Competent to Stand Trial in Viola Drath Homicide

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    Albrecht Muth

    A judge ruled a German man charged with killing his much-older wife is competent to stand trial.

    Albrecht Muth is charged in the August 2011 beating and strangulation death of 91-year-old Viola Drath, a German journalist and socialite, inside their Georgetown home. He has claimed to be a general in the Iraqi army and has said he receives visits from the archangel Gabriel.

    In September, doctors at St. Elizabeths Hospital reported that Muth understands the legal process and appears to want to control the way the case unfolds. But they also said Muth has been weakened by an extended hunger strike.

    After a week of testimony, D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan ruled Muth competent to stand trial, The Washington Post reported.