Texas businessman Ryne Manahan's 2007 Bentley convertible is getting another inspection Tuesday. This comes with the territory now as he is the latest owner of Wellington polo executive's John Goodman former luxury ride.
Experts working for state prosecutors will comb over the damaged vehicle, following an order Monday by the judge in Goodman's DUI manslaughter failure to render aid case and pending retrial.
Goodman, 50, wants the charge to be dismissed because the State Attorney's Office released the black Bentley Continental GTC from evidence — making it impossible to revisit malfunction claims, his attorneys say.
A jury in March 2012 found Goodman guilty of driving drunk and causing the Feb. 12, 2010 death of Scott Wilson, 23. But Goodman's conviction and 16-year prison sentence was overturned last year because of misconduct by juror Dennis DeMartin.
Manahan, from the city of Sugar Land near Houston, bought the car from an auction last summer and says he plans to restore it back to showroom condition.
He permitted Goodman's expert to check out the Bentley in December, and recently agreed to have the state's experts visit his private garage.
"Equal access for all," Manahan told the Sun Sentinel on Monday, after Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath approved the examination based upon an agreement between prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Colbath has scheduled hearings on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 to review the motion by Goodman's defense to toss the charge.
Attorneys Douglas Duncan, Scott Richardson and Elizabeth Parker argue Goodman can't receive a fair trial because of the state's "bad faith" removal of the Bentley and Wilson's Hyundai Sonata from evidence.
The defense has said its inspection of the Bentley couldn't be conducted as planned because the "brains" of the Bentley's "engine management system" and other functions had been removed.
Now prosecutors want to have a look. Assistant State Attorney Sherri Collins told the court that experts will use a 3-D scanner and other tools for a "thorough physical inspection" of the Bentley's brake and engine systems.
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