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Judge blocks settlement in death at Busch home

August A. Busch IV in 2008.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
August A. Busch IV in 2008.

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 toa 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.