Jury finds Pablo Lyle guilty of manslaughter

A jury found Pablo Lyle guilty of manslaughter Tuesday in the death of Juan Hernandez, who suffered a fatal head injury in 2019 after Lyle punched him.

Hernández’s widow, Mercedes Arce, was in tears. Lyle, who could face up to 15 years in prison, remained calm. He has been under house arrest with a monitor for about three years.

Juan Ricardo Hernández’s widow, Mercedes Arce, kept her eyes closed as the jury read the guilty verdict Tuesday in Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle released a statement saying the jury’s verdict is evidence of the outrageous destructiveness of road rage incidents.

“Two lives were destroyed by simple roadway anger, a situation we see far too often on our streets and on streets across the country,” Fernandez Rundle said.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez gave the jury instructions, so they could start deliberating on Tuesday morning. Lyle decided not to testify and his defense rested on Monday.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez asks for jurors to be seated on Tuesday in Miami-Dade.

Attorney Philip Reizenstein, who defended the 35-year-old Mexican actor, stood in front of a picture showing three children and Lyle’s wife, Ana Araujo, during his closing to reiterate it was self-defense.

“This case is about fear,” Reizenstein.

Assistant State Attorney Gabriela Alfaro argued the case was not about fear, but about anger and said Lyle punched Hernandez, 63, unnecessarily on March 31, 2019, near the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 14th Street.

“That punch Mr. Lyle did actually caused the victim to fall back to hit his head and to crack open his skull, and ultimately those injuries caused his death,” Alfaro said.

Video shows Pablo Lyle ran after man who had allegedly made threats and punched him in 2018 in Miami-Dade County.

Surveillance video shows Hernandez jumping out of his car and approaching the car Lyle was in.

Araujo, a Mexican actress who wed Lyle in 2014, testified on Friday that she and Lyle were with their children, Arantza and Mauro, when an “aggressive” Hernandez shouted “nasty things” and banged on the driver’s side window.

“I was already panicking because the children were very scared,” Araujo said.

Juan Ricardo Hernandez, 63, died days after he was punched by Mexican actor, Pablo Lyle, during a road rage dispute in Miami, authorities say.

Surveillance video shows Hernandez walking away toward his car when Lyle ran toward him and punched him. Araujo said she did not see the punch. Hernandez died four days later.

In 2019, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alan Fine refused to dismiss the case under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

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Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez gave the jury instructions, so they could start deliberating on Tuesday morning after Pablo Lyle decided not to testify and his defense rested on Monday.

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#BREAKING: PABLO LYLE FOUND GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER https://t.co/AtjMaGW1HU

— Liane Morejon WPLG (@LianeWPLG) October 4, 2022

RIGHT NOW: Deliberations have begun in the trial of Pablo Lyle, 35, the Mexican actor accused of manslaughter for the 2019 death of Juan Ricardo Hernandez, 63. Will update with jury questions or a verdict once we get it. @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/yzUacKJO3j

— Liane Morejon WPLG (@LianeWPLG) October 4, 2022

The jurors have made their first request, asking for 5 additional copies of the jury instructions, presumably so they all don’t have to share one piece of paper as they read through the precise language in it. #PabloLyleTrial @WPLGLocal10

— Liane Morejon WPLG (@LianeWPLG) October 4, 2022

Note: Deliberations cannot go past 4:30pm today to give people time to go home in time for Yom Kippur which begins at sundown. Courthouse is closed Wednesday for the same reason. So verdict or not, they will stop at 4:30 and resume Thursday morning if needed.

— Liane Morejon WPLG (@LianeWPLG) October 4, 2022Read More


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