Albrecht Muth Found Guilty in Murder of Viola Drath

Albrecht Muth was convicted Thursday of first-degree premeditated murder with aggravating circumstances in connection with the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath. Jurors in the case delivered their verdict around 1:10 p.m. Thursday after deliberating for less than a day. “Our family is very pleased with today’s verdict,” Connie Drath Dwyer, Viola Drath’s … Read more →

Jury Deliberations Begin in Albrecht Muth Murder Trial

Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the high-profile case charging Georgetown man Albrecht Muth with the murder of his wife, socialite and journalist Viola Drath. Closing arguments were heard in the case Wednesday and both prosecution and defense attorneys asked jurors to consider Muth’s character as well as the nature of his twenty-year marriage with Drath. … Read more →

At Trial, Drath’s Daughter Says Muth Pressured Mother for Money

Prosecutors in the case against Albrecht Muth have argued during trial that Muth married Viola Herms Drath, his wife of 23 years, for financial gain. Muth, 49, then murdered the 91-year-old Drath in her Georgetown home to accumulate more wealth from a forged inheritance document, prosecutors say. “We had a marriage of convenience,” Muth said … Read more →

During Murder Trial, Muth’s Emails Detail Emotional State

Days after 91-year-old Viola Drath was found dead in her Georgetown home, her husband Albretch Muth wrote a series of emails to a man he’d just met through a personal ad. “Week was horrible. Start of week even worse,” said one. “Hope you’re well. Im [sic] not. Have you said your prayers?” said another. Muth, … Read more →

Daughter, Lawyer Testify at Start of Georgetown Murder Trial

Jurors heard opening arguments Tuesday in the trial of Albrecht Muth, the 49-year-old man who dressed as an Iraqi general before his arrest, has claimed his wife’s murder was an assassination by Iranians, and has fasted for over a year, unable to attend his own trial. Muth, 49, is charged with first-degree murder with aggravating … Read more →

Jurors Selected for Albrecht Muth Murder Trial

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 … Read more →

Days Before Scheduled Trial, Muth Still Physically Unable to Attend

One year into an on-again-off-again hunger strike, murder defendant Albrecht Muth is preparing for a trial that he insisted would never happen by chewing food that meets his “dietary regimen.” Muth is charged with the death of his wife Viola Drath, who was killed in August 2011. The trial has been delayed in part because … Read more →

Despite Fast, Muth Murder Trial Prepares To Move Forward

Albrecht Muth’s trial on charges that he killed his wife, Viola Herms Drath, is still expected to take place January 6, despite Muth’s continued and prolonged fast. At a hearing on Wednesday, Judge Russell Canan asked Muth to end his fast. Muth replied that he would not. “I do not have the authority to break … Read more →

Judge Denies Albrecht Muth’s Motion to Subpoena General Petraeus

Albrecht Muth, the man charged with killing his 91-year-old wife Viola Herms Drath, has previously pleaded with the court to allow former U.S. General David Petraeus to testify in his murder trial to validate Muth’s military service, and to exonerate him of Drath’s murder. On Thursday, though, Judge Russell Canan denied a defense motion for … Read more →

Judge Orders Trial to Proceed in Muth’s Absence

For more than nine months a self-induced fast has prevented Albrecht Muth from attending court hearings in a case charging him with the death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath. On Thursday, Judge Russell Canan ordered that the case against Muth will proceed to trial without Muth present. “Mr. Muth you are knowingly, intelligibly, … Read more →

Judge Denies Albrecht Muth Motion to Represent Himself

Albrecht Muth, the man charged with the 2011 death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Herms Drath, on Thursday was denied the right to represent himself at trial. Judge Russell Canan denied the request due to Muth’s inability to attend court hearings because of medical conditions he endures from a nine month self-induced fast. “If you … Read more →

Prosecutors Say Albrecht Muth Murder Trial Can Start Without Defendant

Prosecutors in the murder case against Albrecht Muth have argued that Muth be allowed to stand trial, despite his inability to attend court hearings. Proceeding with a trial without the defendant present would be highly unusual, but prosecutors have argued that Muth has forfeited his right to be present at trial by continuing a lengthy … Read more →

Albrecht Muth Released from Hospital, Says He Will Continue to Fast

Albrecht Muth’s health has grown strong enough that he was released from United Medical Center and returned to the D.C. Jail, according to an email from a hospital official. The email, which was forwarded to prosectors, defense attorneys and Judge Russell Canan, said Muth was discharged from the hospital May 1. Muth, however, stated he … Read more →

Albrecht Muth in State of ‘Chronic Starvation,’ Remains at Hospital

On Thursday, Judge Russell Canan offered the clearest signs yet he intends to require enfeebled murder defendant Albrecht Muth to appear for trial by video link if his condition has not improved. Muth appeared by telephone Thursday morning for the hearing. His trial was postponed after a series of hearings over his health more than … Read more →

Albrecht Muth Tells ABC News’ Martha Raddatz Iranians Killed Viola Drath

ABC 7 News aired video Monday of an interview with Albrecht Muth from his hospital bed at United Medical Center. Muth, lying in bed, with a gray, disheveled beard, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz he was the “convenient suspect” but was not home at the time of Drath’s death. He told Raddatz the Iranian agents had … Read more →

Judge Sets Albrecht Muth Trial for December

Albrecht Muth is scheduled to stand trial in December for the murder of his wife, Viola Drath, presumably in person. Court records show Judge Russell Canan spoke by phone with prosecutors and Muth’s defense attorneys Friday. The parties agreed to set a trial date for Dec. 2. Muth’s trial would have begun jury selection Monday … Read more →

Albrecht Muth Trial Postponed After Parties Object to Video Conferencing

Yielding to a persistent hunger strike, Judge Russell Canan relented Tuesday on a plan to bring Albrecht Muth to trial March 25 by video conference from United Medical Center. Muth has been fasting since late last year, when a series of mental competency hearings found him capable of standing trial in the 2011 death of … Read more →

Judge Plans Video Link for Fasting Albrecht Muth at Upcoming Trial

Judge Russell Canan told Albrecht Muth Thursday he would have to appear by video link at his trial by video link, even though the move would be “uncharted territory” for the court system. The trial is slated to begin in just 10 days. Canan turned down a request by Assistant