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Goodman juror 'pressured' into guilty verdict

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Several jurors in the high-profile DUI manslaughter trial of Wellington polo mogul John Goodman were called back into a Palm Beach County courtroom Monday to answer questions about potential jury misconduct during deliberations.

One juror said he did not and does not feel convinced that Goodman was guilty. 

The jury convicted Goodman on March 23 in connection with the death of Scott Wilson, 23.

Michael St. John was among the six jurors and two alternates interviewed by Circuit Judge Jeffery Colbath Monday.

St. John said he felt pressured by other members of the jury to find Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter and Failure to Render Aid. "They didn't say it exactly like that, they were just like 'We know he's guilty. Let's just sign the paperwork and get out of here,'" said St. John.  "When it came to that point and I said I was trying to show them another side, they got adamant with me and said, 'I don't want to be here longer than we have to. The guy's guilty and that's it,'" he added.

Goodman, 48, appeared in court in a blue inmate jumpsuit and whispered to his counsel, led by attorney Roy Black, throughout Monday's jury questioning.  The judge was the only person allowed to question jurors during the proceedings.  Only St. John said he was pressured into coming to a particular verdict.

Judge Colbath has yet to make a ruling concerning any alleged jury misconduct.  That, he said, would come as early as Friday or Monday.  A sentencing hearing for Goodman has been set for 2 p.m. on May 11.  Goodman could be sentenced to up to thirty years in prison.

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