Albrecht Muth, Viola Drath murder suspect, will stay at St. Elizabeth's

Muth is accused of killing his wife, Viola Drath. (Photo: WJLA)

WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) - The German-born man charged with killing his socialite wife in Washington will be back in court again in late April after a judge encouraged him Wednesday to continue cooperating with health officials at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

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

Muth had been transferred in February to St. Elizabeht's for a competency screening after a doctor said he was delusional and had hallucinatory visions.

Appearing in court in a blue and red sweatshirt, a judge set Muth's next hearing for April 25. In the meantime, Muth will remain at the hospital.

In a letter to D.C. Superior Court officials, St. Elizabeth's Hospital CEO Dr. Patrick Canavan said that while Muth clearly understands the court proceedings and charges against him,{ }the hospital had concerns about his ability to rationally understand the proceedings against him or help his attorneys with his case.

Included in Dr. Canavan's concerns were a series of "unusual beliefs about his criminal case" that are in line with previous claims he has made about Drath's murder, including that the killing was a hit by the Iranian army

The hospital said it believes Muth is currently incompetent to proceed with the case, but his condition is likely to improve with time and treatment.