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D.C. man to act as his own lawyer in wife’s death

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A German-born man charged in the slaying of his much-older wife will represent himself at trial.

Albrecht Muth fired his attorneys during a hearing Friday, and a judge allowed him to serve as his own lawyer.

The 47-year-old Mr. Muth is charged in the beating and strangulation of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath, a German-born socialite and journalist, at their home in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood. He has denied guilt and initially claimed his wife died of a head injury from a fall.

Mr. Muth also claims to be a general in the Iraqi army, but prosecutors say he is fabricating his military experience. He has requested to wear his military uniform at trial.

Mr. Muth told the judge Friday that he believes his wife's death was a "hit" ordered by Iranian agents.

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