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Goodman on Trial: nurse and deputy testify

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-  Testimony in the DUI manslaughter trial of John Goodman continued for a fourth day on Friday as prosecutors questioned a nurse and a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Judge Jeffrey Colbath ruled Friday that prosecutors can introduce evidence of hydrocodone use.

Medical reports entered into evidence showed that Goodman told a nurse that he had taken hydrocodone the day before the accident.

Goodman, according to defense attorneys, had been prescribed the drug for back pain. 

Friday afternoon, prosecutors were expected to ask a toxicologist whether the levels of hydrocodone found in toxicology reports were enough to impair Goodman the night of the crash.

Cecelia Betts, a nurse at Wellington Regional Medical Center, said Goodman did not appear to have signs of a concussion when she examined him several hours after the February 12, 2010, crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson.

"I did a head-to-toe assessment," she said.

Betts said Goodman smelled of alcohol but did not write that in his medical records because she didn't want to be called to testify in a trial.

Betts also said Goodman did not appear to be in severe pain and never complained of head pain.

Robert Stephan, a long-time PBSO deputy, told prosecutors he discovered boot prints near the accident scene and followed them to a trailer in the 4100 block of 120th Avenue South.

Goodman, according to prosecutors, called an assistant and his girlfriend from the trailer before Lisa Pembleton, the woman who lived there, told him to call 911.

Prosecutors expected to continue questioning witnesses through early afternoon.


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