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Du Pont Lawyers Say He Can Handle Estate

March 22, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

If John E. du Pont was competent enough to stand trial for murder, he is lucid enough to handle his multimillion-dollar estate, his lawyers said. The attorneys made the argument in papers filed in the court where the chemical heir's family is trying to seize control of his fortune. Even if Du Pont is found incompetent, the court should appoint guardians whose interests don't conflict with his, his lawyers argued. Du Pont has been at Norristown State Hospital since before his third-degree murder conviction for killing wrestler David Schultz in 1996.

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