Albrecht Muth, the Georgetown man set to go to trial in March for the 2011 strangling death of his wife Viola Drath, is reportedly in the hospital in critical condition because of a hunger strike, The Washington Post reports.
Muth, 48, who was found competent in December to stand trial for his wife's death, has been hospitalized because of his hunger strikes in the past.
He was arraigned in December on the charge of first degree murder in the death of his wife Viola Drath, 91. He fired his public defender attorneys at that time and told the court he planned to represent himself at his March 25 trial.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported that someone who sounded like Muth left a message on a reporter's voice mail stating, "Death is imminent."
The Post cites anonymous sources in reporting that Muth has been moved from a DC jail to a local hospital.
The DC Department of Corrections' system for tracking inmates still indicates that Muth is in custody at the central detention facility in southeast DC and Patch has been unable to independently confirm the Post's report.
There is a status conference for the case planned for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 and Muth's trial is set for March 25. It is unclear how either might be impacted by Muth's reported hospitalization.
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