ST. LOUIS • The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District on Thursday rejected a request to move a wrongful death suit against August Busch IV back to St. Louis County.
The appeals court in St. Louis left in place a lower court ruling on Monday by Judge William Syler, who kept the case in Cape Girardeau, where it had been moved more than a year ago. Busch, the former CEO of Anheuser Busch, was sued last year on behalf of the minor son of his girlfriend, Adrienne Martin, who died of an accidental drug overdose at Busch’s compound in Huntleigh on Dec. 19, 2010. The suit was filed by the child’s father, Dr. Kevin Martin, in St. Louis County and quickly transferred to Cape Girardeau, where Kevin Martin was living. The parents of Adrienne Martin — Christine Trampler and Larry Eby — were allowed to join the suit after an appeal, and then tried to move the case back to St. Louis County.
Eby challenged Monday's ruling on Thursday and asked for the court to immediately move the case back to St. Louis County. The request was denied, but the parents can still seek action in a formal appeal process.
Meanwhile, Kevin Martin is asking Syler to approve a $1.5 million settlement offered by Busch.