Albrecht Muth goes to trial


Albrecht Gero Muth, seen during his days posing as an Iraqi military officer, at Arlington National Cemetery in April 2010. (Sandy Schaeffer/MAI)

Two and a half years after he was arrested, Albrecht Gero Muth goes on trial today for the killing of Viola Herms Drath, his 91-year-old Georgetown socialite wife. But Muth, in circumstances thought to be unprecedented for D.C. Superior Court, will not be present in Judge Russell F. Canan’s courtroom. Rather, the 49-year-old German native will participate in the proceedings from his hospital bed at United Medical Center through a video link. The Post’s Keith L. Alexander reports on the unusual trial, featuring a defendant who has been fasting for nearly a year in what prosecutors say is a bid to delay justice: “One of Muth’s attorneys, Dana Page, asked that the trial be pushed back a few additional weeks, saying Muth has been eating food such as scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes and could regain his strength. But Canan has had enough delays. He said Muth has been “manipulating the court and the health system” and ruled that the case would go forward.”

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New Metro rail cars will be unveiled today (AP)

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“The District needs a strong foreclosure law that protects consumers” (Post)

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Bowser, like most every other candidate not named Vincent Gray, is noncommittal on keeping Kaya Henderson (WAMU-FM)

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Arrest made in 16-year-old’s April killing (Post)

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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