WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Doctors: Albrecht Muth Incompetent To Stand Trial

Play associated audio

The trial of a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 91-year-old socialite wife is on hold, pending a more thorough look at a claim that he is not mentally fit to stand in court.

Albrecht Muth, 47, was known for his bizarre behavior, claiming to be a brigadeer general in the Iraqi army and walking around the Georgetown area in a military uniform, but nowadays he's wearing shackles around his waist and feet. His bizarre behavior went largely unchecked until his wife Viola Drath, who was more than 40 years his senior, was beaten and strangled to death in August.

Today at the D.C. Courthouse, his lawyers say he is incompetent to stand trial, because he has a delusional, schizophrenia-like disorder. He is being held at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where doctors have put him on medication.

Lawyers for the prosecution are skeptical of the mental incompetency claim. They asked for — and were granted — approval to conduct a psychiatric evaluation using doctors of their own choosing.

A follow-up hearing has been scheduled for June 21.

NPR

Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

News of a 1999 rape case against Nate Parker raises some age-old questions about culture. Can art be separated from its creator? What moral obligations, if any, do the consumers of culture bear?
NPR

Bread Grains: The Last Frontier In The Locavore Movement

Modern bakeries rely on industrial mills for their flour. But a small and growing number of bakers, chefs and pasta makers are making their own flour with the age-old method of stone milling.
WAMU 88.5

Questions About Hillary Clinton’s Newly Uncovered Emails

A federal judge orders a review of nearly fifteen thousand recently discovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time as Secretary of State. A new batch related to the Clinton Foundation was also released. Join us to discuss ongoing questions.

NPR

Instagramming In Black And White? Could Be You're Depressed

Researchers analyzed people's photo galleries on Instagram, then asked about their mental health. People who favored darker, grayer photos and filters were more likely to be depressed.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.