Dennis DeMartin trial: John Goodman trial juror back in court for his own trial
6:19 AM, Sep 30, 2013
1:44 PM, Sep 30, 2013
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -
Monday afternoon, the juror who forced a retrial in the John Goodman manslaughter case will be back in court for his own trial.
Dennis DeMartin was a juror in the John Goodman DUI manslaughter case.
He is accused of juror misconduct. Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath slapped DeMartin with a misdemeanor contempt charge for withholding information about his ex-wife's DUI arrest during the trial.
DeMartin also admitted to conducting a drinking experiment before jury deliberations.
Goodman's conviction was dropped as a result.
In a 6-juror trial, Wellington polo mogul Goodman had been convicted in March 2012 for DUI manslaughter, and received a 16-year prison sentence for the February 2010 death of 23-year-old University of Central Florida Scott Wilson.
DeMartin's trial will not have a jury, but witnesses will be called.
There will be opportunities for cross-examination during the hearing, which is expected to last one or two days.
Attorneys for DeMartin are expected to file a motion to declare him mentally incompetent.
The pro bono lawyers have requested that the contempt charge be dropped and for the hearing to be postponed to allow for a challenge in the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach.
The attorneys have argued that DeMartin will not receive a fair hearing or trial before Judge Colbath.
DeMartin's trial begins at 1:30p.m. Monday.
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