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Doctors will continue to evaluate man charged in Viola Drath’s killing

The doctors evaluating the German-born man charged with murder in his wife’s death in Georgetown will continue their observation.

Albrect Gero Muth is charged with first-degree murder in the August death of Viola Drath, 91. On Wednesday morning, he appeared at a hearing in D.C. Superior Court at which authorities discussed his mental state.

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.

On Wednesday, hospital officials requested more time to observe Muth. He has made some progress, they said, but may be “feigning” mental illness.

Clean-shaven and wearing a blue and red sweatsuit, Muth did not speak during Wednesday’s hearing. Another hearing was scheduled for April 25.

Muth, 47, could face life in prison without parole if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

This item has been updated.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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