Viola Drath Murder Trial Could Be Delayed

Muth accused of murdering wife in August 2011

Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 3:12 PM EDT
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Viola Drath Murder Trial Could Be Delayed

William Hennessy

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

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The trial of a Georgetown man suspected of killing his wife might not start until March 2013.

Local doctors say Albrecht Muth is not fit to stand trial and requires more treatment.

Muth is accused of murdering his wife, 91-year-old Viola Drath, in August 2011.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin in October, but Muth has been at a mental hospital since February.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan ordered Muth there for evaluation after he went on a hunger strike.

Canan set a tentative trial date of Dec. 3, but Muth’s defense team says they’ll need more time to provide an adequate defense for him.

Drath was found dead in the couple’s home in the 3200 block of Q Street NW. Muth said she died from a fall, but a medical examiner ruled she was strangled and beaten. 

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