Saturday, March 23, 2013

Albrecht Muth 'beat his 91-year-old German socialite wife to death' has trial delayed after he goes on hunger strike claiming she was 'killed by Iran'

The trial of a German expat accused of killing his much-older socialite wife has ground to a standstill after he went on hunger strike in his mental asylum cell blaming Iranian hitmen for her murder.

It's the latest twist in the case against Albrecht Muth, a German expatriate whose behavior has ranged from odd to obstructive since he was charged with strangling and beating to death his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath.

Muth, nearly a half-century younger than his late wife, has argued unsuccessfully for the right to wear what he said was an Iraqi military uniform in court.

He fired his public defenders - only to have them reappointed after he was deemed too physically weak to act as his own lawyer. He told the judge he'd follow his own rules and he's name-dropped Jesus, David Petraeus and others in court proceedings.