Update: Roy Black, John Goodman’s attorney, has just announced he’ll appeal today’s conviction. Here is Black‘s statement: “It is our belief that multiple errors were committed during and before the trial that, in effect, denied our client’s ability to get a fair trial. We intend to file an appeal so that our client can receive the just and fair proceeding to which he is entitled by law.”
Wellington polo mogul John Goodman was taken into custody minutes ago after a jury of five men and a woman found Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter and failure to render aid in a February 2010 accident that took the life of 23-year-old Scott Wilson.
The jury deliberated for about seven hours this morning and, at one point, asked to hear again the 911 call that Goodman placed from a woman’s trailer about an hour after the crash.
Goodman showed no emotion as the verdict was read an hour later.
There was the alleged sudden acceleration of Goodman’s $280,000 Bentley and a concussion that prevented Goodman from calling 911.
Black also claimed Goodman had twice the legal amount of alcohol in the blood three hours after the crash because he drank after hitting Wilson’s car at a dark intersection.
And finally, Black’s explanation for the fact that Goodman didn’t help Wilson, who drowned in the canal in which his Hyundai landed, to confusion caused by a concussion. A nurse who treated Goodman after the crash denied he showed signs of suffering from a concussion.
Prosecutor Ellen Roberts said all three allegations were too hard for the jury to swallow.
“Justice was served,” she said outside the West Palm Beach courthouse. ”The jury was very careful and gave it a lot of thought, and returned the only verdict they could. It was probably difficult for the jury to think that all three things went bad. They saw through the defense’s experts. Some theories were pretty bizarre.”