March 22, 1997 |
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.
February 26, 1997 |
Multimillionaire John E. Du Pont was convicted Tuesday of murdering Olympic wrestler David Schultz, but jurors also ruled that he was mentally ill, sparing him a possible life sentence. After seven days of deliberation, the jury found Du Pont guilty of third-degree murder, or murder without premeditation. The verdict means the chemical-fortune heir will likely spend time in a mental hospital and serve the rest of his term in prison only if he is deemed cured.
February 19, 1997 |
Jurors began deliberating in multimillionaire John E. du Pont's murder trial in Media, Pa., after a defense lawyer urged them to view the killing of an Olympic wrestler through a "prism of psychosis." Defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom asked the jury to find the chemical fortune heir not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of David Schultz on his suburban Philadelphia estate. The prosecution seeks life imprisonment for du Pont, 58.
February 8, 1997 |
Multimillionaire John E. du Pont was seen snorting cocaine at least once and often emerged from his vaulted library with white powder under his runny nose, several wrestlers testified Friday at his murder trial. It was the first time since Du Pont shot wrestler David Schultz that anyone has claimed Du Pont used drugs. Prosecutors claim that Du Pont's delusions in the years before Schultz's shooting were caused by drugs, not mental illness.
December 10, 1996 |
Millionaire John E. du Pont, who has spent the last 2 1/2 months undergoing treatment in a psychiatric facility, has been found competent to stand trial for the January slaying of Olympic wrestler David Schultz. Delaware County Court Judge Patricia Jenkins set a trial date of Jan. 21, citing improvements in du Pont's mental health and a record that "strongly suggests that the defendant is willing and able to cooperate with everyone," including his counsel. Du Pont allegedly shot Schultz Jan.