Dennis DeMartin: John Goodman juror faces contempt of court arraignment June 10
6:50 AM, May 30, 2013
8:33 PM, May 30, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Dennis DeMartin, the juror at the center of the misconduct allegations that led Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath to order a new DUI manslaughter trial for International Polo Club founder John Goodman, will be arraigned on a contempt of court charge on Monday, June 10th.
Earlier this month, Colbath said that attorneys for Goodman had convinced him that DeMartin had hidden an ex-wife's DUI arrest during jury selection.
A panel of six jurors, including DeMartin, convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of University of Central Florida student Scott Wilson in 2012.
The conviction was vacated when Colbath ordered a new trial earlier this month.
"The State actually defended his actions in order to maintain Mr. Goodman's conviction," Robert Gershman, an attorney for DeMartin said. "It wasn't until Mr. Goodman's conviction was vacated that they then said the opposite and think he is a criminal."
During the hearing, Colbath said DeMartin would not be tried by a jury.
Colbath said the maximum sentence DeMartin would face, if convicted, would be up to six months in jail.