John Goodman sentencing hearing today: Goodman may be freed on bond pending appeal

Juror Dennis DeMartin to be interviewed as well

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Wellington millionaire John Goodman is set to be sentenced today after a jury found him guilty on March 23 of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges.

After Goodman is sentenced for killing 23-year-old Scott Wilson in a 2010 car crash, his attorneys plan to argue that he should be released while he appeals his conviction.

Even though a jury found Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter, Florida law allows Judge Jeffrey Colbath to set bond after he sentences him.

Goodman's attorney's are appealing the guilty verdict amid jury misconduct allegations.


WPTV will be streaming LIVE VIDEO of Goodman's sentencing hearing when it begins here (


Juror Dennis DeMartin, who wrote and self-published a book about Goodman's trial, will return to court for a 'supplemental interview' before the sentencing hearing begins.

DeMartin has been called back into court to answer questions about allegations of jury misconduct relating to his book.

Goodman's defense team submitted 13 potential questions to the court Thursday that they plan to ask DeMartin during today's interview, which is set to begin at 1:59 p.m.

They first ask, "Did you write a book named 'Believing in The Truth'?" They add, "Is what you wrote in the book a true and accurate account of what happened during the trial?"

In DeMartin's book, he details an experiment he did to better understand how much Goodman might have had to drink the night he crashed his car into Scott Wilson.
DeMartin wrote that he drank three vodka and tonics between 9:00-10:00 p.m. the night before the verdict, and became disoriented walking around his apartment complex as a result.

In their next proposed question, Goodman's defense asks, "Is it true, as you suggest in the book, that your reason for consuming those vodka drinks was to determine how Mr. Goodman would have felt on the night of the accident?"

They also ask, "Is it true what you wrote in Chapter 9 of your book?"

In chapter 9 of DeMartin's book, he writes, "When the alarm went off the next morning, I got up and felt relieved. The question in my mind the night before was answered to me. Even if a person is not drunk, 3 or 4 drinks would make it impossible to operate a vehicle. I got dressed and was in a fine frame of mind to go deliberate the evidence we had."

DeMartin conducted his experiment despite being told by Judge Colbath jurors were supposed to make a decision solely based on evidence provided in the courtroom.

"I wanted to test it myself and see how I acted after three drinks. I mean I had to make a decision on this man's life here the next day you know," DeMartin said in a recent interview.

Goodman's defense attorney, Roy Black, last week called DeMartin's actions a clear case of juror misconduct and said Colbath should throw out Goodman's conviction immediately.

As part of the proposed questions, Goodman's defense team asks about interviews DeMartin did with WPTV and the Palm Beach Post, pointing toward specific statements he made to each media outlet.

Prosecutors filed a sentence recommendation Thursday, asking Judge Colbath to sentence Goodman to 20 years in prison.

In Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts' 8-page memo, she blasts Goodman's actions on the night his Bentley crashed into Wilson's Hyundai.

"What Goodman allegedly did for [the sport of] polo, maybe Scott Wilson would have done for science," Roberts writes in the memorandum, which can be read by clicking here ( "The world will never know because of Goodman's sense of self-preservation."

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Christine Stapleton contributed to this report.

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