Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Millionaire found guilty of wrestler's murder

A Pennsylvania jury yesterday found the millionaire chemicals heir John du Pont guilty of third degree murder in the January 1996 killing of Olympic champion wrestler David Schultz but said he was mentally ill.

Lawyers for Du Pont, 58, acknowledged he killed Schultz at the wrestler's home on the du Pont estate but sought a verdict of not-guilty by reason of insanity. They argued Du Pont suffered from paranoid schizophrenia that rendered him incapable of knowing right from wrong.

Prosecutors had agreed Du Pont was mentally ill, but said he knew killing Schultz was wrong. Du Pont, a long-time fan and patron of amateur wrestling, established training facility on his estate. Schultz worked as a coach there and lived with his wife and two young children in a house on the estate. Reuter - Media, Pennsylvania