Judge Moves to Resolve Wrongful Death Suit Against Busch IV

A judge said Tuesday he is about to resolve a wrongful-death lawsuit against former beer magnate August Busch IV over the 2010 drug overdose death of a girlfriend.

“We’re going to be done on Nov. 14,” declared Circuit Judge William Syler, complaining that in-fighting among plaintiffs has gone on too long.

“Every time, there is some new angle,” Syler said.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Syler said he will decide next month whether to accept or reject Busch’s offer of $1.55 million to end a suit filed on behalf of the son and mother of Adrienne Martin. She died at the Huntleigh mansion of the former Anheuser-Busch chief executive officer.

Martin’s estranged father, Larry Eby, has dismissed his own suit after agreeing to accept $200,000 to go into a trust for his 10-year-old grandson, Blake. Syler already approved that.

The judge still must apportion the $1.55 million between Blake Martin and his maternal grandmother, Christine Trampler.

Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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