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Psych exam ordered in DC socialite killing

Psychological exam ordered for German-born man charged with killing socialite wife in DC By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A German-born man charged with killing his socialite wife in Washington has been ordered transferred to a mental hospital for a competency screening after a doctor said he was delusional and hallucinating.

A District of Columbia judge on Tuesday also found that 47-year-old Albrecht Muth is incompetent for trial until he can be evaluated.

Muth is charged in the August strangulation and beating death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath. She was a German journalist and socialite.

Detectives say Muth had visible scratches on his forehead after his wife's body was found in the bathroom of their home in the city's fashionable Georgetown neighborhood.

Muth has denied wrongdoing, and suggested he was arrested because he was the only convenient suspect.

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