Man Accused In 91-Year-Old Wife’s Death To Remain Held One More Month

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A 28-year-old Mount Nebo man and his 21-year-old stepdaughter have been charged with incest despite the fact they are not blood relatives and are both above the legal age of consent. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A 28-year-old Mount Nebo man and his 21-year-old stepdaughter have been charged with incest despite the fact they are not blood relatives and are both above the legal age of consent. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A German-born man charged with killing his socialite wife in Washington will spend at least another month at a mental health hospital after doctors suggested he is not well enough for trial.

A judge ordered Albrecht Muth held for another month Wednesday during a mental health hearing in D.C. Superior Court.

Muth is charged in the August strangulation and beating death of his 91-year-old wife Viola Drath, a German journalist. Muth had been transferred in February to a psychiatric hospital for a competency screening after a doctor said he was delusional and had hallucinatory visions.

When initially charged with the murder Muth described his wife as the target of an ‘Iranian hit’.

A report filed in court Tuesday said a psychologist who examined him at the hospital had concerns about his ability to rationally understand the proceedings against him or help his attorneys with his case.

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