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Goodman takes the stand in his own defense

 By Brian Entin

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Polo mogul John Goodman took the stand in his DUI manslaughter retrial late Wednesday morning. Goodman testified he was not intoxicated when he got behind the wheel of his car.

Goodman was driving a Bentley that hit Scott Wilson's car in 2010. Wilson's vehicle went into a canal, and he drowned. A jury found Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter in 2012 but Goodman was awarded a new trial because of juror misconduct.

Goodman says most of the drinks he ordered before the crash were for other people. He also told the jury he has trouble talking and can be hard to understand.

“Mr. Goodman, do you have a speech impediment?” he was asked.

“Yes, sometimes I mumble and don't finish my thoughts,” he said.

Goodman says he had two tequila shots and a vodka the night of the crash and was not impaired.

Concerning the crash, he says, he was trying to stop his Bentley, but the brakes would not work. The first thing he remembers after crash is not knowing where he was.

Goodman is expected to be on the stand most of the afternoon when the state gets their chance to question him.

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