WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Defense attorneys brought up new misconduct allegations today against Dennis DeMartin, the Palm Beach County juror who convicted Wellington polo mogul John Goodman of DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of Scott Wilson.
Goodman's attorneys alleged during a hearing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse Wednesday that the Delray Beach resident spoke with his ex-wife about her DUI arrest during the trial.
Roy Black, the defense attorney, told prosecutors and Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath that DeMartin, despite his earlier contention that he did not remember his ex-wife's arrest because of complications from a stroke, asked her for details about the arrest several times during the trial.
Black said DeMartin's ex-wife told him that DeMartin was concerned about the arrest being brought up in court and would file new documents that supported the claim.
DeMartin's children also tried to "talk him out of writing a book" about his experiences in court, Black said.
"I hope that all of this pans out to be not a big deal," said Sherri Collins, the Assistant State Attorney who prosecuted Goodman.
Collins was joined in the courtroom by former Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's just heresay right now until we see the documents," Roberts said.
Earlier this month, an appeals court ruled that Goodman's conviction should be sent back to Colbath for review after defense attorneys alleged that DeMartin intentionally withheld the information about his ex-wife's arrest during jury selection.
On Monday, Colbath will interview DeMartin to determine if he was an impartial juror.
Last year, Goodman was sentenced to 16 years in prison and has been on house arrest pending an appeal of his conviction.
Watch live coverage of Monday's hearing on the WPTV News app and on WPTV.com.
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