Albrecht Muth, the Georgetown man , has been admitted to the hospital and was absent from a court hearing Friday morning.
Neither legal team had prior knowledge of his hospitalization.
As Patch , Muth asserting his right to refuse medical treatment as he enters the second month of a hunger strike.
Muth is in the felony murder case. Judge Russell F. Canan told the court Friday he thinks it is appropriate to address Muth's current mental and physical status as the case moves forward.
Canan said a legal petition could be filed to instigate an intervention to establish guardianship if Muth becomes unable make decisions for himself. This issue will be addressed at the next status hearing, rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Glen Kirschner proposed March 9 as a potential arraignment date for Muth.
"We should meet sooner rather than later," said Canan, citing the need to discuss Muth's physical and mental health.