Houston multimillionaire John Goodman's DUI manslaughter trial sometimes seemed like a saga, but it ended in a flash. The jury only took six hours to find Goodman guilty on Friday.
Guilty of DUI manslaughter. Guilty of vehicular homicide. The 48-year-old Goodman faces up to 30 years in prison.
He will be sentenced on April 30. Judge Jeffrey Colbath denied a request from Goodman's lawyer Roy Black for the polo magnate to be released on bail until the sentencing. Instead, Goodman was taken into custody.
"If you think it's' going to be too emotional for you to handle, please wait outside," Colbath told the courtroom audience before the verdict was read.
Goodman was charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident, when he ran a stop sign and sent 23-year-old Scott Wilson's car careening into a nearby canal, where Wilson died on Feb. 11, 2010.
The trial, which began on March 13, included plenty of twists and turns, but in the end, the jury didn't appeared to be swayed at all by Goodman's big-money defense. Goodman's attorney made it clear he plans to appeal the verdict and push for a new retrial.
"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," Black said in a statement. "We intend to file an appeal so that our client can receive the just and fair proceeding to which he is entitled by law.”
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