Dennis DeMartin, Goodman juror, speaks about new allegations of juror misconduct

Defense attorneys say juror 'witheld information'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - John Goodman trial juror Number 6 is back in the spotlight, as new allegations of misconduct spark new cries for a retrial in the Goodman case.

An appeals court has ruled the Goodman DUI Manslaughter conviction will be sent back to a Palm Beach County judge for review.

Judge Jeffery Colbath will interview juror Dennis DeMartin to determine if he was able to impartially judge the polo mogul.

Goodman's defense team says it has uncovered information that DeMartin's ex-wife was once arrested for DUI. Defense attorney's say DeMartin intentionally withheld that information during jury selecting.
    
Speaking exclusively with NewsChannel 5, DeMartin said he was surprised that he was once again in the headlines.

"I can't get away from anything," he said outside his Delray Beach home. "I told them that there are parts of my life before that I can't recall since my stroke," speaking about the first line of questions he had ever received from Goodman lawyers. "That's all I told them."

"I told them to check my first book," DeMartin said. "And it's in the first chapter of my first book 'Believing in the Truth'. It's all right there of what the attorney asked me and everything." When asked if he should have disclosed more information about his ex-wife, he said, "No. I didn't know about it at that time because of a stroke. I blocked out when she left me for another man and everything".

"I didn't talk to her until December when her mother died and I went and visited her and then a whole bunch of things happened at that time," he said.

DeMartin contends that a 'lapse in memory' from a stroke was the reason he did not disclose information about his ex-wife to attorneys. He said he wrote about his memory issues in his book. "It said that I'm worried about things that happened in the past that I can't recall and he knew that," he said.

DeMartin has been questioned about allegations of juror misconduct before after he revealed in his book that he conducted his own 'drinking experiment' with three vodka and tonics, to see how impaired Goodman may have been the night Goodman's vehicle collided with Scott Wilson's, killing the 23 year old.
 

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