Albrecht Muth, the Georgetown socialite who claims that he is an Iraqi general and that his wife was killed by Iranian government agents, is not competent to stand trial, doctors say in their third mental-health report for the hospitalized man.
A letter from doctors at St. Elizabeths Hospital filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court states that Mr. Muth, 48, is not yet competent to stand trial in the killing of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath. If he remains hospitalized and continues to receive treatment for multiple disorders, he could “attain competency or make progress toward that goal,” the report says.
Mr. Muth is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 12 death of his wife in their Georgetown row house. He was admitted to St. Elizabeths on Feb. 15 after he attempted to starve himself and told officials he was communicating with angels.
Mr. Muth was diagnosed by hospital doctors with a persecutory type of delusional disorder and schizotypal personality disorder. The diagnoses suggest that Mr. Muth has difficulty accepting reality, he feels targeted or persecuted, and displays odd behavior or beliefs.
In his letter, St. Elizabeths Hospital CEO Patrick Canavan wrote that Mr. Muth “has vehemently discounted that he could be mentally ill stating, ‘you take away my memories, you take away my life,’ ” and remained immovable on his belief that “there were plans for a ‘hit to be taken out’ toward him and that his wife was an innocent bystander.”
He also states that Mr. Muth “has become increasingly more anxious” from the expert evaluations at the hospital and the “lack of progress in his criminal case.”
Mr. Muth’s mental competency was addressed in letters submitted to the court March 13 and April 23.
Both mentioned Mr. Muth’s belief that he did not kill his wife, and that he can prove his innocence — and his connection with the Iraqi military — with documents and testimony of high-powered officials such as Gen. David H. Petraeus, the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and now director of the CIA.
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Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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