John Goodman retrial decision: Judge expected to decide as early as today on possible retrial
11:05 AM, May 3, 2013
3:24 PM, May 3, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath is expected to decide as early as today whether International Polo Club Palm Beach founder John Goodman should be retried in connection with the death of University of Central Florida student Scott Wilson.
Earlier this week, Colbath, defense attorney Roy Black and Assistant State Attorney Sherri Collins interviewed Dennis DeMartin, the juror at the center of misconduct allegations, during a nearly two-hour hearing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.
DeMartin, one of the jurors who convicted Goodman of DUI manslaughter in connection with Wilson's death, repeatedly said during the hearing that complications from a stroke had clouded his memory -- including the DUI arrest of an ex-wife.
Black alleged that DeMartin had spoken with her about it during the trial.
He said that DeMartin, despite an earlier suggestion that he did not remember the arrest, had asked her for details about it several times during the trial.
"I was trying to be honest at all times. It was bothering me very much that i couldn't remember this accident," DeMartin told Colbath. "I'm telling you, from the bottom of my heart, I couldn't remember this accident."
Last month, an appeals court ruled that Goodman's conviction should be sent back to Colbath for review after defense attorneys alleged that DeMartin had intentionally withheld the information about the arrest during jury selection.
Goodman was sentenced to 16 years in prison and has been on house arrest pending an appeal of his conviction since last year.