Washington (CBS Washington) – A German-born man who claims he is an Iraqi general says his wife’s death was due to an Iranian plot.
Albrecht Muth, 47, is charged with killing his wife Viola Drath, 91, in their Georgetown home in August.
Initially, Muth claimed his wife died of a head injury due to a fall, but now says Iranian agents conspired to kill his wife.
“It is my judgment that my wife’s murder was a hit by Iranian agents,” Muth said during Friday’s proceedings, according to the Georgetown Patch.
Muth claims that he is an Iraqi military officer, and insists that he would be allowed to wear his uniform military garb with “uniform, rank, insignia, et al.” at his trial.
Prosecutors have insisted that there is no evidence proving that Muth has any military experience. The Washington Post contacted Iraqi officials and was told that there is no service records for Muth.
Muth fired his lawyers Friday and decided to represent himself. He stated that his lawyers failed to pass on a letter from him to the White House and the Department of Defense about his trial.
Drath, a journalist and well-known socialite who had close ties to former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, married Muth in 1989.
According to The Daily Beast, Muth pleaded guilty for assault against Drath in 1992. She obtained several orders against him and after a major altercation in 2002, Muth moved in with Donald Davis, his gay lover.
Investigators are continuing their inquiry into Drath’s death. They still may seek a first-degree murder charge.
Muth’s trial is set for Oct. 1, 2012.