Trial set for March in Florida polo magnate's DUI death case

Dec. 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Florida judge set a March date Tuesday for the second trial of John Goodman, the Palm Beach polo king charged with killing a man in a drunk-driving crash.

Judge Jeffrey Colbath of the 15th judicial circuit in West Palm Beach scheduled another hearing on the case for Jan. 14, WPTV reported. Defense lawyers asked the judge Monday to postpone the trial from January because of motions on evidence.

Colbath set March 3 through March 21 for the trial.

At Monday's hearing, prosecutors accused the defense of "dilatory tactics," saying they were trying to delay the trial as much as possible with pretrial motions, the (South Florida) Sun Sentinel reported.

Goodman, former president of Goodman Global Holdings, his family's air conditioning company, and founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was sentenced to 16 years after he was convicted of killing Scott Patrick Wilson, 23, in a drunken crash in February 2010. Wilson's car ended up in a canal in Wellington after Goodman struck it with his Bentley.

Colbath ordered a new trial earlier this year because of allegations of juror misconduct.

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