Adrienne Martin's death from oxycodone and accidental

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St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louis County Chief Medical Examiner Mary Case determined the death of Adrienne Martin at the home of August Busch, IV, was caused by "oxycodone intoxication" and was an accident. 

The complete report about Martin's death has been forwarded to law enforcement agencies investigating the incident.

Martin, 27, was found dead on the morning of December 19 at Busch's sprawling estate in Huntleigh after spending the night at his home.  Authorities were first alerted to Martin's death at 1:12 p.m. when a 911 call was made from the Busch home.

Initial reports said there were no signs of trauma on Martin's body. 

Busch's lawyer, Art Margulis, says his client is shocked by the medical examiner's findings. The lawyer says Busch does not have a prescription for it, but he's not aware if Martin did.

Sources tell NewsChannel 5 Martin also had cocaine in her system, although the examiners statement Wednesday did not address that issue. Margulis says Busch is not handling his girlfriend's death well at all.

"In addition to being devastated he, you know, has been the focus of all of this attention which certainly has not been favorable," said Margulis. "It's been a very, very trying experience for him.

The St. Louis County Prosecutor's office says the case remains open but is not talking about who or what may be the focus at this point.

The following is a statement from the Office of the Medical Examiner regarding Adrienne Martin:

"Saint Louis County's Office of the Medical Examiner has completed its investigation into the death of Adrienne Martin and has determined the cause of death to be "Oxycodone Intoxication," and the manner of death to be "Accident." That information, along with the complete report, has been forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agencies investigating this event. Questions regarding this death and/or the report from the Medical Examiner's Office should be directed to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. The Office of the Medical Examiner is a division of the Saint Louis County Department of Health."


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