Finally Free of John du Pont, Nancy Schultz Keeps her Husband’s Legacy Alive

During the 1997 murder trial of John E. du Pont, there was a lot of down time for both the media and family members of the victim, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz.

That was especially the case when the jury spent more than a week deliberating.

At one point, we thought there might be a verdict when the jury asked to speak with Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Jenkins.

But instead, for a second time, they asked Jenkins to read back the definitions of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

As we filed out of the courtroom, Schultz's widow, Nancy, shook me by my shoulders and said, "This is like Groundhog Day."

Seventeen years later, Schultz told me she received some flak from her lawyers for her reference to the popular Bill Murray movie about a man reliving the same day.

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