A jury was selected Monday for Albrecht Muth‘s murder trial, which is expected to begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday with opening statements.
On Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys sifted through a pool of more than 50 potential jurors in a process that took more than four hours. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
Eleven men and four women were selected as jurors. Three of those 15 jurors will be designated as alternates at the conclusion of trial.
Muth, 49, is charged with first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances in the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath, who was found on August 12, 2011 beaten and strangled in her Georgetown home.
Unable to stand trial due to a self-induced fast, Muth will participate in all trial proceedings via a videolink to the hospital where he is being treated.