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Houston Millionaire Takes Stand In His Own Defense

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Cicely C. Mitchell

A Houston millionaire took the stand in his own defense Wednesday and told jurors he was not drunk the night prosecutors say he crashed his Bentley into the car of a recent college graduate. The college graduate died due to the impact. John Goodman is on trial for DUI manslaughter in Palm Beach County, Florida and is the heir to an air conditioning fortune. Goodman is accused of driving his Bentley drunk in February of 2010 and running into a Hyundai driven by recent college graduate Scott Wilson. Wilson’s car ended up in a canal and he died.

According to reports, Goodman admitted to consuming two tequila shots and two shots of vodka before the night was over, but says he never had a Mind Eraser or an Irish Car Bomb. Prosecutors allege Goodman had additional alcohol that evening and the alcohol impeded his judgement.Goodman told jurors that after he left the polo club, he went to Wendy’s. He then told the court he experienced brake failure on his car and he is not certain what happened after the brake failure. Goodman said he knew he hit something, but he wasn’t sure what it was.

Goodman has made headlines recently for the decision to adopt his his adult girlfriend. The move was seen as one that Goodman made in efforts to protect his vast fortune from a lawsuit filed by Wilson’s family. The lawsuit was later settled. Goodman’s criminal case could go to a jury as early as tomorrow. If convicted of the charges against him, Goodman could face up to 30 years in prison.

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