WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A South Florida polo mogul has won a new trial in his DUI manslaughter case.
A Palm Beach County judge ruled Friday that one of the jurors who convicted John Goodman in March 2012 made a fair trial impossible.
The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/Yk2dqd ) reports that Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath vacated Goodman's conviction and 16-year-sentence. Colbath's written opinion cited juror Dennis DeMartin's misconduct with a drinking experiment and allegations that he withheld key facts about his past during jury selection.
Police say Goodman ran a stop sign in February 2010 and rammed into Scott Patrick Wilson's car, which rolled into a canal, where the young man died. Wilson was a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Authorities say Goodman left the scene and waited nearly an hour to call 911. His blood alcohol level measured more than twice the legal driving limit.
Goodman is founder and owner of the International Polo Club.