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Man charged in wife's death asks to wear uniform

Man charged in wife's death asks to wear uniform

A man who is charged with killing his 91-year-old wife and who claims to be staff brigadier general of the Iraqi Army is asking a judge to let him wear a military uniform whenever he goes to trial.
Albrecht Muth, 47, made the request in a seven-page handwritten letter submitted this week, saying he wants to wear his "uniform, rank, insignia, et al." at trial and "during a series of interviews I am granting." He does not say who the interviews are with.
Muth is charged with second-degree murder in the August death of his wife, Viola Drath, a German-born socialite and journalist. He has denied guilt and wrote an obituary for his wife saying that she died of a head injury from a fall. But authorities said the actual cause of death was blunt-force trauma and strangulation, and prosecutors say Muth presented his wife's relatives with a forged document stating that he was entitled to as much as $200,000 upon her death.
The couple, who had been married for about 20 years, lived in a row house in Georgetown and occasionally entertained diplomats, including at a 2005 dinner party commemorating the 60th anniversary of Victory-in-Europe Day. Muth has called the relationship a "marriage of convenience," and it was also tumultuous: He was convicted in 1992 of assaulting her. He also became romantically entangled for several years with a man who eventually sought a restraining order against him in 2004.
Prosecutors say Muth is a con man who has admitted to detectives that his military uniforms were tailor-made for him in South Carolina, and that certificates pronouncing him as a general were ordered from a print shop in Maryland. The Iraqi Embassy has said Muth, a German expatriate, has never been a member of the Iraqi army or government.
Muth accused the government of misrepresenting his connections and affiliations.
"Throughout my tenure, I have operated independent of and to the side of the Iraqi embassy. All interaction with the senior most officials of the U.S. govt, White House, Department of Defense, Congress were `officially unofficial,' external to official channels," Muth wrote.


Updated : 2021-04-23 17:01 GMT+08:00