Muth Doctors Want Documents, Time for Interviews

Georgetown murder suspect Albrecht Muth is undergoing evaluation and treatment at St. Elizabeths mental hospital.

Doctors at St. Elizabeths report that Albrecht Muth remains incompetent to stand trial and that they would like more time to interview family members and review Muth's documents before concluding their evaluations, according to a letter filed in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday.

Muth is undergoing evaluation and treatment at the mental health facility after being diagnosed with Delusional Disorder, Persecutory Type and Schizotypal Personality Disorder.

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"We respectfull request that a continuance be granted so that the Hospital may receive additional documentation that would assist with formulating the opinion for the ordered competency examination," Dr. Patrick J. Canavan, PsyD wrote in a letter to the court.

Doctors are seeking access to Muth's personal journals, employment records and reports from other experts about his case.

According his doctors, Muth's mental status and clinical presentation have "remained relatively unchanged." Muth continues to receive medication for mental illness.

A grand jury on the charge of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Viola Drath; his trial is scheduled for October. Drath, 91, was ; a medical examiner determined the .

At the June status hearing, Muth's public defender Dana Page, told Judge D.C. Superior Court Judge Russel F. Canan that she would file suit if her client was deemed competent by the July status hearing.

Canan was dismayed by the impact such litigation would have on the timeline for the trial. He told attorneys in June, "My goal is to still go to trial in October."

The next competency hearing is July 26 at 10 a.m.


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