(AP, ABC7) - A German-born man charged with killing his socialite wife in Washington is being transferred to a psychiatric hospital for a competency screening after a doctor said he was delusional.
Albrecht Muth is charged in the August strangulation and beating death of his 91-year-old wife Viola Drath, a German journalist and socialite, in the fashionable Georgetown neighborhood.
A doctor who has met with Muth for months said in court Tuesday that Muth has hallucinatory visions of the Archangel Gabriel and takes directions from him.
He said that Muth believes God will take care of him during a planned 40-day fast.
Superior Court Judge Russell Canan found Muth currently incompetent for trial pending the outcome of the screening.
Muth was earlier granted the right to defend himself. However, a judge suspended that right.
Muth has denied he killed his wife.