Muth Trial Begins March 25
Here is an update from Homicide Watch D.C. (“Mark every death. Remember every victim. Follow every case.”) on alleged killer of Viola Drath, Albrecht Muth:
Weakened by a months-long fast and in critical condition at United Medical Center, Albrecht Muth on March 6 attempted to win back his right to represent himself at his upcoming murder trial. Muth spoke with the court by phone, saying that, in fasting, he intends to possibly die before Easter, will subpoena Gen. David Petraeus and other high-ranking government officials for evidence he was an Iraqi brigadier general and that his wife, 91-year-old Viola Drath, was killed by an Iranian agent. “This marks the last time I will address myself in public,” Muth also told the court.
Muth’s claims, though, did little to sway Judge Russell Canan, who urged Muth to end a months-long hunger strike that has left attorneys at a loss on how to proceed with the trial scheduled to begin March 25. “You say you’re innocent of these charges,” Canan said to Muth. “I would hope you would have enough faith in the criminal justice system that you’d be vindicated.” Muth said his fast is motivated by religious reasons; the angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him not to eat, he said. The fast “aims to bring me into one with Christ Jesus during this Lenten season,” Muth said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner said doctors at United Medical Center suspect he may be drinking water when no one is watching. No plan is in place yet that would allow Muth to appear in court without jeopardizing his fragile health.