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German man convicted of killing socialite wife

January 16, 2014 • National News


This May 12, 2004 photo shows German socialite Viola Drath during the annual Woodrow Wilson home garden party and hat contest in Washington. The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a German man who is accused of killing his 91-year-old socialite wife. The verdict is expected to be announced Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Albrecht Muth was motivated by money when he beat and strangled Viola Drath to death in 2011. Drath was a German journalist who had longtime connections in Washington’s diplomatic and social circles. (AP Photo/Washington Times, James R. Brantley)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eccentric German man who pretended to be an Iraqi army general and often boasted of his political and diplomatic connections was convicted Thursday of killing his 91-year-old socialite and journalist wife.

A jury deliberated for about half a day before finding Albrecht Muth, 49, guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2011 beating and strangulation death of Viola Drath. The German writer was found dead in their row home in Washington’s posh Georgetown neighborhood.

The jury also found that the murder was especially heinous and cruel. Muth faces a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole when he is sentenced on March 19.

“Justice has been served. It’s been a long wait,” one of Drath’s daughters, Connie Drath Dwyer, told reporters after the verdict. She said her mother, who had covered topics ranging from politics to fashion as a journalist, had been in Login to read more

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