Judge tells U.S. attorney to provide more documents before Muth competency hearing
Albrecht Muth, 41, appeared in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday for a hearing on evidentiary matters related to his competency hearing. He is accused of murdering his wife, D.C. socialite Viola Drath, 91.
Tuesday’s hearing was to ensure that both sides were prepared for the competency hearing.
After more than an hour of open discussions with attorneys Judge Russell Canan determined that the prosecution and defense were substantially on track with their discovery. and the court would proceed with a December 3 date for the hearing. Muth was transported from St. Elizabeth’s and was present by his attorney’s side although noticeably weakened by his latest hunger strike.
Defense attorney Dana Page said that while the government had provided much of the requested discovery (see the “Court Documents” section for the discovery motions), they had yet to be provided grand jury testimony from the family members or certain records from government agencies.
Judge Canan told Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner that all requested documents that could reasonably show the “arc of [Muth’s] life” are relevant to the competency hearing and must be provided to defense counsel.
Drath’s body was found in the second-floor bathroom of the home she and Muth shared. Muth initially told police his wife died from a fall, but a medical examiner later ruled that she had been beaten and strangled.
Trial was delayed by the competency hearing and is currently scheduled for March, 2013.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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