The defense team of multi-millionaire Wellington polo mogul John Goodman pulled an unexpected trump card today in Goodman’s trial on charges that he drove drunk when his Bentley crashed into motorist Scott Wilson, killing him, then left the scene of the crash.
Miami attorney Roy Black announced that Lisa Pembleton, the witness who interacted with Goodman between the time of the February 2010 crash and his return to the scene, could have a serious conflict of interest!
Black says Pembleton has been represented for the past two years by an attorney paid by a West Palm Beach lawfirm representing Wilson’s family!
Prosecutor Ellen Roberts objected to the line of questioning designed to discredit Pembleton.
But Judge Jeffrey Colbath, who said he felt “ambushed” by Black, allowed the questions.
In a nutshell, Pembleton just admitted to being represented by Harry Shevinthrough the civil case brought against Goodman by Wilson’s family, in which she is a witness. Pembleton told Black she never paid for Shevin’s fees.
Black asked: Who did?
“I don’t know,” said Pembleton.
Horse-farm hand Pembleton said she was woken up by Goodman after he wandered away from the crash scene and came into her trailer. Pembleton found him at the foot of her bed, talking about a crash. Pembleton grabbed a can of mace but lent him her phone.
Pembleton watched him call his girlfriend first, and telling his galpal Heather Hutchins that he really “f….. up” in an “end of the world accident.”
Pembleton said she eventually convinced him to call 911.
Pembleton testified this morning that Goodman was slow and “out of it” but didn’t complain about injuries when she saw him.
Black yesterday claimed Goodman suffered a broken wrist and fractured sternum in the crash and drank after the crash, and before going to Pembleton’s place, to dull the pain.