Albrecht Muth, convicted killer

Homicide detectives James Wilson and Gus Giannakoulias question Albrecht Gero Muth on Aug. 13, 2011, a day after Viola Herms Drath was found dead inside her home. Muth was later found guilty of first-degree murder. (Video courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office)

A chapter closes on one of the most bizarre crimes in modern Washington history: A Superior Court jury found Albrecht Gero Muth guilty Thursday of the 2011 murder of wife Viola Herms Drath in their Georgetown townhouse. The verdict came after a six-day trial and three hours of deliberation, after prosecutors made the case that Muth, 47 at the time, had beaten and strangled Drath, 91, after he had tired of their “marriage of convenience.” The Post’s Keith Alexander sets the scene: “Drath’s relatives hugged one another in the front row of the courtroom. Her younger daughter, Francesca, broke into tears. Afterward, family members hugged the prosecutors, homicide detectives and several jurors on their way out of the courthouse. It was unclear how Muth reacted to the verdict; periodic fasting left him too weak to attend the trial, and he participated by video from a hospital bed.” More from Homicide WatchAP and D.C. Crime Stories.

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Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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