Wrongful-death suit filed against August Busch IV

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  • August Busch IV
  • Adrienne Martin

St. Louis (KSDK ) - A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against August Busch IV on behalf of Adrienne Martin's son, Blake Alexander Martin.

But Blake's grandmother, Christine Trampler, is worried about this lawsuit and is now taking legal action of her own. Trampler has concerns about the person filing the lawsuit, Adrienne Martin's ex-husband, Kevin Martin. And she has concerns that Blake's best interests might not be represented.  

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St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced last month that cocaine and oxycodone were found in Adrienne Martin's system as a result of an accidental overdose and no charges will be filed in the death of the girlfriend of August Busch IV.

St. Louis County Chief Medical Examiner Mary Case said Martin's death at Busch's home was caused by oxycodone intoxication.

The 27-year-old woman was found dead on the morning of December 19 at Busch's sprawling estate in Huntleigh after spending the night at his home.

McCulloch said Busch awoke at 11:45 a.m. and went to the kitchen to make a breakfast shake. An employee at the home said Busch found Martin unresponsive in bed at 12:30 p.m. Busch and the employee were unable to wake Martin up. Police were called at 1:12 p.m. and were at the scene a minute later. Paramedics followed soon after. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:26 p.m.

McCulloch said there was no gap in the timeline.

Busch gave an initial statement to investigators after Martin's death, but has not cooperated since, according to McCulloch.

Busch's employee cooperated during the investigation.

Investigators said pill bottles were found around Martin's body at the scene. One had a trace of oxycodone in it and another had a trace of cocaine in it.

McCulloch said neither Busch nor Martin had a prescription for oxycodone.  Investigators tried to determine where the drugs came from, but McCulloch said they had reached a dead end.

And while prosecutors concluded no criminal charges would be filed against Busch, this lawsuit accuses him of being negligent. It seeks "fair and reasonable" damages on behalf of Martin's son 8-year old son Blake saying with his mother's death he lost, among other things, companionship, comfort, and support.

But Christine Trampler is not convinced her grandson's interests are being represented.

In a statement, Trampler says she'll be asking for a Guardian ad Litem to be appointed during this lawsuit and she'll be seeking custody of Blake.

She says she questions Kevin's fitness as Blake's parent and that she wants the court to explore the close relationship between Kevin and Mr. Busch.

Trampler has hired high-profile New York attorney John Q. Kelly, who represented Nicole Brown Simpson and the parents of Natalie Holloway.

In a written answer to the lawsuit Thursday, Busch denies any liability. Kevin Martin's attorney was unavailable for comment.


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