- ‘Gay Jeans’ that fade into rainbow-colored denim created
- Divided court strikes down big porn award
- Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt Russian people with sanctions
- Oldest ex-MLB player dies in Cuba, 2 days shy of 103rd birthday
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
- L.A. sheriff admits to testing flyover spy program without notifying residents
German man accused in wife’s death in poor health
A German man charged with killing his much-older wife has been starving himself and is in poor health, a doctor said Wednesday, but a judge said he intended to move forward with the trial.
Albrecht Muth is scheduled for trial in March in the 2011 killing of 91-year-old Viola Drath, a German journalist and socialite who was found stabbed and fatally beaten in a bathroom of the couple’s row home in Washington’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood.
Muth, 48, has said he is a brigadier general in the Iraqi army and that Drath was killed in an Iranian hit.
Prosecutors say those claims are a delusional fiction from someone who was unemployed and living off an allowance from his wife.
Muth, who was deemed competent for trial in December, has been hospitalized since last month after refusing to eat or drink. He is too weak to walk and was unable to get out of the van when officials tried to return him to the jail, Dr. Diana Lapp said in court Wednesday. Muth did not attend the pretrial hearing but observed by remote conference.
“He’s in very, very poor health,” she said.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan said he didn’t think Muth was physically capable to act as his own attorney, even though Muth has insisted on representing himself. He reappointed Muth’s public defenders, but then agreed with the defense lawyers that Muth was entitled to a hearing on whether he’s able to represent himself at trial. He set a hearing for later this month but said he still intended to proceed to trial.
TWT Video Picks
By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
- 'Top Gun' for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy's approval
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- Kansas will nullify local regulation of guns
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws
- CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend
- Paul Ryan to meet with black lawmakers after 'inner cities' flap
- Georgia's new carry law a big win for gun rights
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014