Albrecht Muth is accused of killing his wife, 91-year-old Viola Drath, at her Georgetown home in August 2011.
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A judge ruled on Wednesday that a man accused of killing his 91-year-old wife in their Georgetown home in 2011 incompetent to represent himself at trial, and appointed attorneys to take over the case in a pre-trial hearing.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell F. Canan, had accepted Albrecht Muth's request to represent himself at trial in 2012, but due to a recent hunger strike Muth is being hospitalized at United Medical Center, and as a result, Judge Canan deemed Muth physically incapable to represent himself.
Muth wasn't in court due to his condition, but was listening to the court proceedings via telephone from his hospital bed.
Judge Canan appointed attorneys Dana Page and Craig Hickein to pick up Muth's case until he is physically capable to represent himself.
"It's my intent to alow you (Muth) to represent yourself if you choose to do so," explained Judge Canan to Muth through speakerphone on Wednesday.
Canan went on to say, "I encourage you (Muth) to cease your fast and become physically capable to represent yourself in trial."
A status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21, and a trial date is set for March 25 unless complications in Muth's health transpire.