DC man representing self in socialite-wife's death

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Posted: Nov 18, 2011 4:58 PM
DC man representing self in socialite-wife's death

A 47-year-old German-born man charged in the slaying of his 91-year-old wife in Washington's fashionable Georgetown neighborhood will represent himself at trial.

Albrecht Muth fired his attorneys during a hearing Friday, and a judge allowed him to serve as his own lawyer.

Muth is charged in the beating and strangulation of Viola Drath, a German-born socialite and journalist, at their Georgetown home. He has denied guilt and initially claimed his wife died of a head injury from a fall.

Muth also claims to be a general in the Iraqi army, but prosecutors say he is fabricating his military experience. He has requested to wear a military uniform at trial.

Muth told the judge Friday that he believes his wife's death was a "hit" ordered by Iranian agents.