Suspect in Killing Gets More Evaluation; Muth's Mental Health Scrutinized

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Suspect in Killing Gets More Evaluation; Muth's Mental Health Scrutinized


Byline: Meredith Somers, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered an additional two months of mental health treatment for Albrecht Muth, based on the recommendations of doctors tasked with determining whether he is competent to stand trial in the killing of his 91-year-old wife.

According to a report filed with the court by St. Elizabeths CEO Patrick Canavan, Mr. Muth is currently incompetent to continue with his case, but there is a probability that he will attain competence or make progress toward that goal with an additional period of time.

Mr. Muth, 47, faces a first-degree murder charge in the August death of his wife, journalist and socialite Viola Drath. Drath was found in the couple's Georgetown home in August with what officials said were injuries consistent with strangulation.

Mr. Muth faces life in prison if convicted. He appeared in court handcuffed, wearing the same navy blue and red sweat suit he wore to a similar mental health observation hearing last month. He did little more than nod his agreement in answer to Judge Russell F. Canan's questions and to say, Good morning, your honor, at the beginning of the hearing.

One of Drath's daughters and a grandson were in attendance, but left quickly after the hearing.

Judge Canan also granted a request to allow the prosecution to appoint doctors to evaluate Mr. …

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