February 23, 1997 in Nation/World

Du Pont Jurors May Not Believe Insanity Defense

Associated Press

Jurors ended five days of deliberations Saturday in the murder trial of John E. du Pont amid indications they had rejected the chemical fortune heir’s insanity defense. Deliberations resume Monday.

Du Pont, 58, is accused of killing Olympic wrestler David Schultz last year on du Pont’s suburban Philadelphia estate where Schultz lived and trained.

Many of the 14 questions jurors have asked over the course of deliberations indicate they are focusing on a conviction, rather than a verdict of innocent by reason of insanity.

The jury again asked the judge Saturday for an explanation of first-degree murder, the fifth time since they got the case Tuesday.

Experts for both sides said du Pont is mentally ill, but only the defense concluded he is insane.

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