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(WELLINGTON, Fla.) — Florida polo mogul John Goodman ordered over a dozen drinks in the hours before a fatal car crash in 2010, a bartender testified during his retrial.

Goodman was convicted in 2012 and ordered to serve a 16-year sentence, which was later thrown out due to juror misconduct. He’s accused of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.

The bartender who said she served Goodman, Catherine Lewter, testified that he ordered over a dozen shots and drinks in the hours before the crash. She told the court that Goodman spent $272 on 18 drinks at the bar.

When asked what Goodman first did when he walked into the bar, Lewis said he ordered “ten shots of our best tequila.”

Goodman’s attorney argued most of the drinks were for Goodman’s friends and not his client. Lewter testified she saw him drink only the three drinks she served him

Goodman crashed his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23, sending the car into a canal in Wellington, Florida. Wilson, a recent college grad, drowned in the canal.

According to prosecutors, Goodman’s blood alcohol level was 0.177 – more than twice the legal limit – three hours after the crash.

Criminal investigator Troy Snelgrove testified that Goodman appeared inebriated hours after the crash, saying he had watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

Goodman’s defense team has argued that the polo mogul only drank after the crash to calm his nerves. He has pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, Goodman could face the same 16-year prison sentence he was ordered to serve at the end of the first trial.

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