Accused Murderer Begins Second Month of Hunger Strike
Albrecht Muth, 47, is being held in D.C. prison for the murder of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath.
The man accused of strangling his 91-year-old wife to death in her Georgetown home has followed through with a planned hunger strike.
At a preliminary hearing Nov. 18, Albrecht Muth told Judge Russell F. Canan that he would begin an "unlimited fast" on Nov. 20. The D.C. Department of Corrections confirmed the inmate has made good on that promise.
"Inmate Muth is on a hunger strike. He is monitored daily by medical staff, receives daily meals, nutritional supplements as well as nutrient rich fluids," wrote Sylvia Lane, a spokeswoman for Department of Corrections, in an email to Patch.
The strike started more than one month ago. The department did not immediately return a request for information about the current status of Muth's health or any medical concerns related to the hunger strike.
Muth is being held without bail in D.C. prison for the murder of his wife, the late Viola Drath. The cause of death was strangulation and blunt force trauma.
In court, Muth has claimed that his Geneva Conventions rights have been violated. He has also refused to wear underwear, claiming the undergarments are not part of his military uniform. Most recently, he claimed his wife’s murder was carried out as a plot by Iranian agents.
A status conference on the case is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. A trial is set for Oct. 9.