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Du Pont, Wrestler's Widow Settle Suit

Associated Press
Sunday, November 28, 1999; Page A20

MEDIA, Pa., Nov. 27—A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of Olympic wrestler David Schultz against millionaire and convicted murderer John E. du Pont has been settled.

Lawyers for both sides would not disclose the amount of the settlement. But the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing anonymous sources, reported today that du Pont, an heir to the chemical fortune, is to pay Nancy Schultz at least $35 million.

In 1997, du Pont was found guilty but mentally ill in connection with Schultz's January 1996 shooting death. A week later, Nancy Schultz sued du Pont.

The civil trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.

During the criminal trial, defense lawyers did not deny that du Pont shot and killed Schultz, but they said du Pont suffered from delusions that rendered him unable to recognize that what he did was wrong.

Schultz, 36, had been training at the wrestling facility on the compound where du Pont lived. Police arrested du Pont after a two-day standoff.

Nancy Schultz and the couple's son, 13, and daughter, 10, now live in Foster City, Calif.

Du Pont, 61, is serving a sentence of 13 to 30 years. Prosecutors in his criminal trial estimated his net worth at about $250 million.

© Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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