John Goodman, Wellington Polo Club owner, lost his bid for a 3rd trial pertaining to his 2010 drunk driving/manslaughter case.
Goodman has twice been convicted of DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid in the 2010 auto crash that killed recent college graduate Scott Patrick Wilson, 23.
Now 53, Goodman is serving a 16-year prison sentence. The Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected Goodman’s bid for appeal of his 2014 retrial conviction.
Wilson’s parents were relieved to hear the news. His father’s attorney, Scott Smith spoke,
“Although it was a long and hard road for Scott’s parents, justice has prevailed. May we all never forget Scott Patrick Wilson and how he died in such a senseless way. His vast and promising future was cut short in a instant in this incredibly preventable tragedy.”
The highly publicized case involving the Polo Club mogul has garnered national attention. Remarkably, there is still a shred of hope for Goodman. The Florida Supreme Court is contemplating a separate appeal regarding blood evidence from the trial.
Arguments are scheduled to begin on August 30.
Even if the blood evidence is somehow overturned, the courts can not reject the charges related to Goodman failing to render aid to the victim of the crash.
Goodman, who was driving a $250,000 Bentley, slammed into Wilson’s Hyundai at the intersection of 120th Avenue and Lake Worth Road in Wellington, then stumbled away from the scene and “decided to find a phone” while Scott Wilson drowned in a Wellington canal.
Heir to a Texas heating and air-conditioning fortune, Goodman testified that had he known Wilson’s car was in the canal he “would have gone in to help” and never left the scene.
While Goodman’s legal team suggested that their client needed to know that Wilson was injured, the appeals court judges wrote that the law requires finding only that a defendant knew or should have known a crash occurred, not that someone got hurt or died as a result.
Currently, Goodman is being held in the Wakulla Correctional Institution in north Florida. His scheduled release date is in 2029.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.