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Albrecht Muth trial: Jurors see crime scene photos

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The focus of the murder trial of a Georgetown socialite shifted to the crime scene Monday, as the second week of Albrecht Muth's trial began.

Photo of Albrecht Muth

Prosecutors maintain that Muth, 49, killed his wife, Viola Drath, in their Washington home in August of 2011. During Monday's arguments, they maintained that Muth killed his wife in one part of the home, then moved her body to a third floor bathroom.

He did that, prosecutors say, in an attempt to make it appear as if she had an accidental fall.

Muth has repeatedly claimed in interviews and emails that Iranian agents killed Drath because they were after him.

Expert witnesses called by the prosecution testified that there were no signs of forced entry into the home on the night Drath was killed.

Muth did not appear in person at Monday's proceedings. Instead, he followed the testimony via a videoconference from a hospital. He has dropped to a scant 90 pounds due to being on a hunger strike before the trial began.

Latoya Jamison, a forensic investigator with the medical examiner's office, testified that Muth appeared "fidgety" and anxious, but otherwise emotionless, after she arrived at the house to investigate the death. She says Muth was curious to know the cause of death and how it would be documented.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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