Verdict in Polo Club DUI Manslaughter Case

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For a second time, Florida jurors have convicted the founder of the International Polo Club in a deadly drunken-driving accident.

John Goodman, 51, was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, failure to render aid and vehicular homicide. The verdict came after 15 days of deliberation in a retrial. He faces up to 16 years in prison.

Police say in February 2010, an intoxicated Goodman ran a stop sign and crashed his Bentley into 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson’s car. The collision caused Wilson’s car to roll into a canal, ultimately leading to his drowning death.

Prosecutors stated Goodman had been drinking for several hours before the 1am crash and that his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the .08 legal limit. They said Goodman knowingly left the scene and waited almost an hour before calling 911.

Goodman’s defense attorneys argued that his high blood-alcohol level was caused by his imbibing after the crash, in an attempt to quell the pain of his broken wrist. Additionally, the attorneys contended Goodman left the scene to find a phone to call 911, a misjudgment due to a concussion he suffered from the crash.

In March 2012, a Palm Beach County jury found Goodman …read more

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