Lisa Pembleton doesn't drink. Neither do her friends.
"I don't hang out with those kind of people," she said on the witness stand in a West Palm Beach courtroom today.
Her sobriety is just one of many stark differences between Pembleton, a horse trainer and student of the equestrian sport of dressage, and Wellington polo mogul John Goodman. Pembleton spent her days and nights grooming horses during the winter of 2010, living in a trailer next to a barn. Goodman is a multimillionaire who founded the International Polo Club in Wellington, and was out partying the night before he met Pembleton.
Yet this sober, God-fearing, 28-year-old horse trainer is the prosecution's star witness in Goodman's DUI manslaughter case. She's the first person who saw Goodman after the car accident that led to
23-year-old Scott Wilson's death.
Goodman banged on the door of Pembleton's trailer door at 1:30 a.m. on February 12, 2010. Before she could respond, he let himself in and stood at the foot of her bed asking to use her phone. As Pembleton grabbed her mace and stayed safely under the covers in her bed, Goodman used her phone to call his girlfriend. He said, according to Pembleton, that he'd been in an "end-of-the-world accident." (Read more about the accident in this New Times feature story).
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