Husband Indicted in Georgetown Socialite’s Death

Murder charge carries possible life sentence

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    William Hennessy
    Albrecht Muth in court on Nov. 18, 2011. (Sketch by William Hennessy)

    A German-born man charged with killing his much-older wife in their Georgetown home could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

    Albrecht Muth was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the August death of 91-year-old Viola Drath, a German journalist and socialite. The charge carries a possible sentence of life without parole.

    Police had initially charged Muth with second-degree murder, but that charge was upgraded in a grand jury indictment that accuses him of acting with premeditation and malice.

    Muth is due in D.C. Superior Court March 14 but has missed his last few court appearances because of illness. Muth was transferred to a psychiatric hospital, and a judge will have to decide whether he is competent to stand trial.

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