Judge blocks settlement in death at Busch home

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 8:03 a.m. CDT; updated 9:37 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU — A judge in Cape Girardeau has postponed approval of a $1.5 million settlement in a woman's death at the home of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV.

Busch had offered the settlement to a lawsuit filed by the ex-husband of Adrienne Martin, who died of a drug overdose Dec. 19 in Busch's mansion near St. Louis.

Circuit Judge William Syler ruled Tuesday that he will hold a hearing June 29 to determine whether the amount is appropriate and how it should be distributed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Syler also blocked Martin's parents from joining the lawsuit, but they could still argue for a portion of the proceeds.

Busch's attorneys have said their client wanted the settlement to go to Martin's 8-year-old son.


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