Goodman,48 and Hutchins,42- daddy and his newly adopted daughter
Scott Wilson, age 23
The Crash Site
Back in September we followed the trial of 62 year old millionaire, James Robert Ward, Florida. Bob was charged with Murder Two in the death of his wife, Diane. On Sept 24th, an astute jury of his peers returned a verdict of ‘guilty as charged.’ Ward’s high paid attorneys did not get him off and now he is in prison where he will probably spend the rest of his natural life.
Now we have another rich dude about to stand trial in a Palm Beach County courtroom. John Goodman, 48, a Houston trust fund heir and founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, is accused of drunken driving in a February 2010 accident that killed a recent Orlando college engineering graduate on his way home to celebrate his sister’s birthday.
The details were laid out in a probable cause affidavit for Goodman’s arrest:
Driving his black Bentley GTC convertible after a night of drinking, Goodman plowed though a stop sign at 63 miles per hour and hit a Hyundai driven by 23-year-old Scott Wilson, the affidavit said. Goodman fled the scene on foot as Wilson, who was belted into his driver’s seat, drowned in his car, which landed upside down in a roadside canal, the document said, Goodman borrowed a phone from a Lisa Pembleton, who Goodman found in a camper. Pembleton told police that Goodman’s first call was to his girlfriend. Then, after asking Pembleton whether he appeared impaired and whether he should call for help, Goodman next called 9-1-1, the affidavit said.
Goodman has been out on bond partying it up but now it’s time for him to face the reality of his recklessness. The initial pool of 60 prospective jurors was trimmed to about two dozen who were told to report back this morning.
Goodman was found to have a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit after the fatal 2010 crash, police reports show.
His trial began yesterday, March 6, facing charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of a crash.
Some of these rich guys are quite quirkey. Let’s face it, they love their money. Well in order to try and save his assets in the event he goes to jail or loses his trousers, he adopted his 42 year old girlfriend, Heather Hutchins. One third of Goodman’s fortune can now go to his adopted daughter, Hutchins and the remaining two thirds to his biological children. You can read about it HERE