Polo Club Founder Guilty of DUI Manslaughter

Goodman faces up to 30 years in prison.

By Karen Franklin
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 4:27 PM EDT
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Polo Mogul Testifies In His Manslaughter Trial

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Polo Mogul's DUI Manslaughter Trial Continues

The wealthy South Florida polo mogul charged in the DUI manslaughter death of a 23-year-old man was back in court Wednesday for the second day of testimony in his trial. John Goodman, the founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, is charged in the Feb. 12, 2010 crash that killed Scott Wilson.

Polo Mogul Testifies In His Manslaughter Trial

The South Florida multimillionaire accused of DUI manslaughter took the stand in his own defense Wednesday. John Goodman is the founder of the International Polo Club in Palm Beach. He made headlines last year when he adopted his girlfriend as his daughter -- allegedly to save his fortune in a civil lawsuit. Goodman is charged in the February 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson.
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A Palm Beach County jury found the International Polo Club founder guilty Friday of drunk driving and killing a man.

John Goodman, 48, was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Roy Black, Goodman’s attorney, issued a statement after the conviction.

“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,” said Black. “We intend to file an appeal so that our client can receive the just and fair proceeding to which he is entitled by law.”

Goodman allegedly ran a stop sign in his Bentley, hitting 23-year-old Scott Wilson’s car and causing him to plunge into a lake and drown. Authorities say Goodman left the scene and waited nearly an hour to call 911.

Police said the defendant's blood alcohol level was more than two times over the legal limit. Goodman said he drank after the crash on his way to find a phone to call for help.

Goodman made headlines last year after he adopted his girlfriend as his daughter. Prosecutors say he did this to protect his fortune as founder of the International Polo Club after settling a civil lawsuit with the victim's family.

The International Polo Club is located in Wellington.
 

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