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“We Don’t Wear Underwear”

Albrecht Muth

The story of Albrecht Muth keeps going deeper and deeper into crazytown. Via DCist, Georgetown Patch has the, uh, goods:

Muth, 47, faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Viola Drath, who was found dead Aug. 12 in their home in the 3200 block of Q Street NW. Medical examiners determined the cause of death to be strangulation and blunt force trauma.

At his preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Muth argued that as a "serving officer of a foreign army" he was entitled to his uniform and rank. Muth claims to be an Iraqi military officer. The Iraqi Embassy has denied any affiliation with Muth.

According to Muth, he almost landed at St. Elizabeths this morning because he refused correctional officers' requests to put on underwear under his orange jumpsuit.

"We don't wear underwear," said Muth, referring to Iraqi military officers.

Meanwhile, D.C. homicide detective James Wilson said several people told him 91-year-old Drath wanted her husband to be deported. As for Muth's current location, he'll be held with or without underwear until his trial, since a judge found probable cause in Drath's death, and said Muth is a possible flight risk. For now, don't bet on these court proceedings ending without the phrase "not guilty by reason of insanity" being bandied about at some point.

Photo courtesy Georgetown Patch

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