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Judge makes key rulings in Busch IV wrongful death suit

7:07 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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By Leisa Zigman I-Team Reporter

Cape Girardeau, MO (KSDK) - A judge in Cape Girardeau has made several key rulings regarding the wrongful death lawsuit filed against August Busch IV.

The I-Team's Leisa Zigman spent Tuesday afternoon in the Cape Girardeau courtroom where there were several key victories for August Busch IV.

The suit stems from the death of 27-year-old Adrienne Martin, the girlfriend of August Busch IV, who died December 19, 2010 inside Busch's Huntleigh mansion of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and cocaine.

The attorneys for Adrienne's mother asked for the settlement to be put on hold while they deposed Busch and other witnesses who were inside the Busch home when Martin died.

The judge said this case has gone on 18 months and will end November 14 in Cape Girardeau, when he approves a settlement amount.

In an out-of-court agreement, Martin's father, Larry Eby, agreed to accept $200,000 from Busch and is no longer part of the lawsuit. 

Busch's attorney, Maurice Graham, released the following statement to NewsChannel 5's I-Team:
"It continues to be Mr. Busch's desire to get this matter over as soon as possible and to get as much of the settlement funds into Blake Martin's guardianship. Mrs. Trampler's TV appearance in which she stated all she was seeking was information was surprising. All we have heard from her through her legal counsel is that she only wants money. The grandfather, Larry Eby, as agreed to put all of his settlement funds into a trust for the benefit of Blake Martin. Mr. Busch hopes that Christine Trampler will do the same thing."

In a strange twist, Adrienne Martin's former step-father, Arthur Trampler, was on the witness list Tuesday and could have been called by the Busch attorneys to testify about the character of his ex-wife, Adrienne's mother Christine Trampler.

On Tuesday we learned that Arthur Trampler committed suicide and was found inside a car in his garage on Monday. Normally we do not report on suicides, but because he was a potential witness in a court case the following day, we made an exception. 

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