A wrongful death suit has been filed against August Busch IV on behalf of the son of Busch's deceased girlfriend, Adrienne Martin, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
According to the newspaper:
The case, filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court, seeks unspecified damages on behalf of Blake Alexander Martin, age 8. His father, Dr. Kevin Martin, is a plaintiff as his guardian. The suit claims "carelessness and negligence" by Busch.
In a response already filed, Busch acknowledges that Adrienne Martin, 27, was a house guest but he denies any negligence.
A judge has ordered the case transferred to Cape Girardeau County Circuit Court by agreement of both sides. Kevin Martin and his son live in Cape Girardeau.
Some of the related events to today's filing are:
- Dec. 19, 2010: Adrienne Martin, then-girlfriend of August Busch IV, found dead at Busch's home.
- Feb. 9-10, 2011: Toxicology reports showed Martin died of an accidental overdose, with lethal levels of both oxycodone and cocaine in her blood.
- Feb. 10, 2011: The St. Louis County Prosecutor said no criminal charges would be filed against Busch in the case.