Suspect in Viola Drath Death Wants to Wear Military Uniform in Court

Man claims to be member of Iraqi Army

Saturday, Nov 19, 2011  |  Updated 11:32 AM EDT
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Viola Drath Murder Suspect Wants to Wear Uniform in Court

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A D.C. man charged with killing his 91-year-old wife is asking a judge to let him wear a military uniform whenever he goes to trial.

Albrecht Muth, who claims to be a staff brigadier general of the Iraqi Army, made the request in a seven-page handwritten letter submitted this week. The 47-year-old Muth was arrested in August and charged in the death of his wife, Viola Drath, a German-born socialite and journalist.

The Iraqi Embassy has said Muth has never been a member of the Iraqi army. Prosecutors have said in court papers that Muth admitted to detectives that he had his military uniforms tailor-made in South Carolina.

Muth has denied guilt. His wife died by strangulation and blunt-force trauma.

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