WEST PALM BEACH — Why were the wrecks of the cars driven by Wellington polo mogul John Goodman and the 23-year-old man who died when they crashed released for destruction?
We’ll find out soon!
Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath has ordered prosecutors in Goodman’s second trial, which could start early next year, to give up all emails, notes, letters, correspondence and documents pertaining to the release of Goodman’s Bentley and Scott Wilson‘s Hyundai from evidence.
Colbath also cleared the path for retired Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts, whose last case was Goodman’s conviction and 16-year sentence, and PBSO accident investigator Troy Snelgrove to be deposed about the release of the cars.
Gossip Extra broke the story last month: Goodman’s new lawyers were shocked to find out that the cars were no longer in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s evidence warehouse, and had been released to the insurance companies and, probably, a scrap yard.
The cars were released after Goodman’s sentencing.
Since then, the millionaire trust-funder won the right to a new trial after Colbath determined members of the first jury did not act appropriately.
The trial, however, will have to go on without the opportunity for the new jury to view the cars.