Defense rests after Goodman testifies

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - In a surprise move, defense attorneys called millionaire John Goodman to testify in his DUI manslaughter trial.

Goodman took the stand at 11:30 a.m.

"Were you intoxicated, impaired or drunk?" defense attorney Roy Black asked Goodman about the moments before the February 12, 2010, auto accident that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. "Absolutely not," Goodman said.

He later said he planned to go to Wendy's to get a Frosty.

"I was traveling down Lake Worth Road, and I began to apply my brakes, and the car did not seem to be stopping as easily as I was used to, and so I continued to apply the brakes, and I came, you know, I slowed before the stop sign, well before the stop sign, and I took my foot of the brake. Um, that's the last thing I remember," Goodman testified.

Goodman said he had a few drinks before the accident but drank afterward to ease what he called excruciating pain.

"I didn't exactly know where I was," he said. "I went [into polo player Kris Kampsen's] barn and knocked on the door ... and looked for a phone in there. I saw liquor on the counter [and drank it] to alleviate my pain."

Legal analysts had not expected defense attorneys Black, Mark Shapiro and Joshua Dubin to call Goodman to the stand and subject him to intense cross examination by prosecutors.

"John Goodman is the only person who can say he drank after the accident," Fox 29 Legal Analyst Michelle Suskauer said.

After cross-examination, the defense rested its case.

Earlier Wednesday, Luka Serdar, an automotive expert, testified that Goodman's vehicle malfunctioned the night of the accident.

Tuesday, defense attorneys surprised prosecutors and Colbath when they said they would not call a toxicologist to refute testimony given by Tate Yeatman, a toxicology manager at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Prosecutors contend that Goodman was drunk the night of the accident and left the scene of the crash.

Closing arguments were expected to begin Thursday morning.

Jury deliberations could begin as early as Thursday afternoon.

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