May 1, 1996 |
A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday rejected a defense request that chemical heir and murder suspect John E. du Pont be released on bail for placement in a Philadelphia psychiatric hospital. In denying the request, Court of Common Pleas Judge Patricia Jenkins said Du Pont posed too great a risk of fleeing and she noted his lawyers gave no evidence that he was mentally ill and needed treatment. Du Pont is being held on charges connected with the Jan.
May 31, 1996 |
In his first public statement since his arrest for the murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz, chemical heir John E. du Pont identified himself as the Dalai Lama in court Thursday and said he does not understand the U.S. legal system. Du Pont, 57, faces first- and third-degree murder charges. He was often uncooperative and identified himself at one point as the spiritual leader of Tibet. Faced with du Pont's failure to participate, Common Pleas Judge Patricia H.
May 14, 1997 |
Multimillionaire murderer John E. du Pont was sentenced Tuesday to 13 to 30 years in confinement for the shooting death last year of Olympic wrestler David Schultz. Before he was sentenced, du Pont, speaking publicly for the first time since the slaying, said he was "very sorry for what happened." He said he "was ill" at the time of the shooting and wished to apologize to the wrestler's wife, Nancy Schultz, and her children.
September 25, 1996 |
Chemical heir John E. du Pont, who claims to be Jesus, the Dalai Lama and the last of the Romanovs, was pronounced a psychotic Tuesday and ruled incompetent to stand trial in the slaying of an Olympic wrestler. Common Pleas Judge Patricia Jenkins ordered Du Pont committed to a mental hospital, where he will be examined every three months. He can eventually be brought to trial if doctors conclude he can help with his own defense and understand the murder charges he faces in the Jan.
January 27, 1996 |
An heir to the Du Pont & Co. chemical fortune shot an Olympic wrestler to death Friday, police said, then holed up inside his mansion as SWAT team members converged on his estate. Police said John E. du Pont was heavily armed and had barricaded himself alone inside a bedroom of his mansion in suburban Philadelphia. Three female friends who had been talking with him inside gave up and left at about 7:30 p.m., police said. "John du Pont is a marksman, and he has an arsenal," said Police Sgt.
January 29, 1996 |
A tense 48-hour standoff between police and a millionaire accused of killing an Olympic wrestler ended Sunday when the heir to the du Pont fortune was captured as he tried to restore heat to his chilled mansion. John E. du Pont was unarmed when he stepped outside to fix his boiler and was arrested by a SWAT team hiding in the woods. He was not injured. He had been without heat since police cut off his boiler system Friday night.