John Goodman hearing: A judge will rule next week on a request to release Goodman from house arrest

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- John Goodman, the International Polo Club Palm Beach founder convicted of DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of University of Central Florida student Scott Wilson, will have to wait until next week to learn if he will be released from house arrest.

On Friday, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath said he would consider arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys to modify the conditions of the house arrest.

Two weeks ago, Colbath vacated the conviction and ordered a new trial after defense attorneys convinced him that juror Dennis DeMartin had hidden an ex-wife's DUI arrest during jury selection.

During a brief hearing on Friday, prosecutors argued that Goodman was a flight risk because of the conviction.

Colbath said he, too, considered Goodman a flight risk and would consider the strict conditions suggested by defense attorneys.

Goodman, who surrendered his passport after his arrest, would not be allowed to leave the United States or drive a vehicle.

Defense attorneys said they would stay in regular contact with Goodman and would notify Colbath if they did not hear from him weekly.

After the hearing, former Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts was asked if Goodman should be released from house arrest.

"If I were driving the bus? No," Roberts said. "He left that boy to drown. Clearly. And, the first call he made wasn't to 911. He left that kid to drown in that canal. And, I don't think he should get rewarded for that."

A jury convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter in connection with the death of University of Central Florida student Scott Wilson in 2012.

He was sentenced to 16 years in jail.

Colbath said he would issue a written decision sometime next week.

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