WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Deliberations with resume Friday in the trial of a Houston multi-millionaire accused of DWI manslaughter in Florida.
River Oaks native John Goodman is accused of crashing his Bentley into a 23-year-old man s Hyundai two years ago.
The impact of the crash pushed the Hyundai into a canal, and the driver, Scott Wilson, drowned strapped into his seat.
Goodman walked away from the accident, claiming he saw no sign of Wilson s car.
I looked around as hard as I could. I did the best I could do, Goodman testified.
Goodman also said he was not drunk when the accident happened, but that his luxury car malfunctioned. He claims he drank a lot after he left the accident scene, because he found a bottle of liquor in a nearby barn.
I went over and proceeded to grab a bottle of the liquor and I drank it, thinking it would help with my pain, Goodman testified.
Authorities, however, said Goodman s blood-alcohol level was .20 the night of the crash well over the legal limit of .08.
But perhaps the most bizarre twist in the trial, which included a parade of rich and famous witnesses, was when Goodman adopted his adult girlfriend Heather Hutchins ostensibly to protect a large trust fund from a lawsuit by Wilson s family. In the end, though, he decided to go ahead and reach a settlement with the family, but the details were not released.
The jury began deliberating around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but at 5 p.m. they returned, telling the judge they would retire for the evening and resume their efforts Friday.
If convicted, Goodman could face up to 30 years in prison.
CBS12 News in West Palm Beach contributed to this report.