Jury Deliberating Case of Slain D.C. Socialite

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014  |  Updated 7:45 AM EDT
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Jury Deliberating Case of Slain D.C. Socialite

Albrecht Muth

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Jury deliberations will resume in the trial of a District of Columbia man charged with killing his 91-year-old wife.

The jury in the case of 49-year-old Albrecht Muth began their deliberations late Wednesday afternoon and will return to court on Thursday.

Muth is charged in the August 2011 beating and strangulation death of Viola Drath, a German journalist and socialite and his wife of more than 20 years.

His lawyers told the jury that there's no evidence to prove that Muth killed his wife. But prosecutors argued that Muth was motivated in part by money and had a long pattern of verbal and physical abuse directed at his wife.

Muth did not attend the trial and is not expected to be present in court when the verdict is delivered.

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