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A German man who pretended to be a well-connected Iraqi army general has been convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his 91-year-old socialite wife.

The jury deliberated for about half a day before reaching a verdict in the case against 49-year-old Albrecht Muth.

Authorities say Muth beat and strangled his wife, German journalist and socialite Viola Drath in 2011.

Muth's lawyers argued there was no evidence connecting him to the killing ...but prosecutors said Muth was violent, abusive and motivated by money.

Before the trial, Muth had been starving himself on and off for what he called religious reasons and doctors said he was too weak to appear in court. Muth took part in the trial by videoconference, but didn't testify.

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