Dennis DeMartin trial: John Goodman trial juror back in court for his own trial


Monday afternoon, the juror who forced a retrial in the John Goodman manslaughter case will be back in court for his own trial.

Dennis DeMartin was a juror in the John Goodman DUI manslaughter case. 

He is accused of juror misconduct.  Palm Beach County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath slapped DeMartin with a misdemeanor contempt charge for withholding information about his ex-wife's DUI arrest during the trial.  

DeMartin also admitted to conducting a drinking experiment before jury deliberations. 

Goodman's conviction was dropped as a result.

In a 6-juror trial, Wellington polo mogul Goodman had been convicted in March 2012 for DUI manslaughter, and received a 16-year prison sentence for the February 2010 death of 23-year-old University of Central Florida Scott Wilson.

DeMartin's trial will not have a jury, but witnesses will be called. 

There will be opportunities for cross-examination during the hearing, which is expected to last one or two days.

Attorneys for DeMartin are expected to file a motion to declare him mentally incompetent. 

The pro bono lawyers have requested that the contempt charge be dropped and for the hearing to be postponed to allow for a challenge in the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. 

The attorneys have argued that DeMartin will not receive a fair hearing or trial before Judge Colbath.

DeMartin's trial begins at 1:30p.m. Monday. 

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