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More observation, treatment for Albrecht Gero Muth

The man in St. Elizabeths Hospital after allegedly beating his wife to death in Georgetown last year is making progress on his mental health but needs further observation, according to doctors at the hospital.

Doctors at the District-run hospital said Albrecht Gero Muth, charged with murder in the death of 91-year-old Viola Drath, needs at least 45 more days of observation and treatment, a judge said during a hearing Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court.

Muth, clean-shaven with a military haircut, said little during the hearing beyond greeting Judge Russell F. Canan after being escorted into the courtroom.

Canan read a letter from doctors at the hospital saying Muth remained
“incompetent” to stand trial. They requested that he remain there another 45 to 60 days.

Canan praised Muth on his progress and encouraged him to continue working with hospital personnel so he could help with his defense in time for his trial, which is scheduled for October.

Prosecutors also requested that a psychiatrist approved by them evaluate Muth. Canan called the request “reasonable.”

Muth is charged with first-degree murder. Another hearing is scheduled for June 21.

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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