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ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX-CBS) — A judge has ruled that a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against August Busch IV will remain in southeast Missouri.

Busch, the former chief executive Anheuser-Busch, is being sued by the minor son of his girlfriend, wrongful-death civil lawsuit against August Busch IV , who died of a drug overdose at Busch’s home in 2010.

The lawsuit was originally filed in St. Louis County but then transferred to Cape Girardeau, home of the child’s father, Dr. Kevin Martin.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Adrienne Martin’s parents have joined the lawsuit and wanted to return the case to St. Louis County.

Martin’s lawyer, John Heisserer, sought to move the case away from the St. Louis area out of concern for possible bias in Busch’s favor.

Busch’s lawyer also argued against the move back to St. Louis.

On December 19,  2010, Police were called to the upscale suburban St. Louis home of August Busch IV where they found the body of a 27-year-old aspiring model Adrienne N. Martin, of St. Charles.

A statement from Frontenac police (whose area of coverage includes Huntleigh) said the department received an emergency call Sunday afternoon about an “unresponsive person” at the home. Martin was deceased when paramedics and officers arrived, the release said.

The news release did not say if the death was considered suspicious, or why news of the death was not announced until four days later.  It was later determined through toxicology tests that Martin got a lethal doses of both cocaine and oxycodone before dying.

In February 2011,   St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said the death was from an accidental overdose but his office could not determine where Martin got the drugs.

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