Muth, who was expected to be arraigned on the charge Wednesday, may be unfit to stand trial according to a report by the D.C. Department of Mental Health.
Reports Georgetown Patch:
In a letter received by the court Tuesday, the D.C. Department of Mental Health informed Judge Russell F. Canan that doctors need more time to determine if Muth’s condition is a “genuine psychosis” or “feigned psychological processes in order to avoid prosecution.”
The mental health agency also said that although Muth is currently incompetent to proceed, there is a “substantial probability” that he could retain competence and be able to proceed with additional time. He is currently receiving medication.
Reported the Washington Post:
In February, Judge Russell F. Canan ruled Muth temporarily mentally incompetent for trial after Muth went on a two-month fast that resulted in his hospitalization. Canan then ordered Muth to St. Elizabeths, the District-run psychiatric hospital, for evaluation.
See NBC Washington for the AP report and a sketch of Muth in court (which appears to be from his initial court appearance).
Another mental observation hearing has been set for April 25.