The trial of Pablo Lyle: Mexican actor charged with manslaughter for fatally punching man in road rage incident

'State of Florida vs Pablo Lyle' is expected to begin at the end of this week or next week on Tuesday

The trial of Pablo Lyle: Mexican actor charged with manslaughter for fatally punching man in road rage incident
Pablo Lyle (L) charged with the manslaughter of Juan Ricardo Hernandez (R) (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/WPLG/Youtube)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA: Mexican actor Pablo Lyle will be soon undergoing his first trial after he fatally punched 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez during a road rage. Actor Pablo was charged with manslaughter following his altercation with Hernandez who died four days after the brutal punch in March 2019. Now, after three years in the making of the case, the 'State of Florida vs Pablo Lyle' trial on Tuesday, September 20, underwent its first jury selection. 

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Pablo Lyle and his brother-in-law Lucas Del Fino were on their way to the airport in 2019. Lucas Del Fino was driving the car when he supposedly cut off a vehicle driven by Juan Ricardo Hernandez while making a U-turn on Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami. In a CCTV footage, Hernandez could be seen getting out of his car and banging on Pablo's car window. Lyle allegedly exited his vehicle and struck Hernandez who dropped unconscious on the spot. Hernandez died four days later as a result of his injuries. 

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The first Jury selection was held on Tuesday in Miami in the trial of Mexican actor Pablo Lyle. Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez questioned potential jurors about their knowledge and asked them if they had any preconceived notions about the case as they worked to try to find the right group that will sit and hear the case. But it seemed there were also already some questions about whether or not the panel had broken the rules, and were discussing the case. “They were talking about the case and how they saw it on the news,” one potential juror said. Upon this Pablo's attorney alleged the judge to strike the panel. But judge Marisa did not end up striking the first group of potential jurors right away, but continued questioning all of them.

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Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez instructed the panel to keep an open mind and told them anything outside the courtroom cannot be considered evidence. “There was publicity about this matter, it was extensive and that is not evidence,” said Judge Marisa. “Anything outside of the courtroom is not evidence.” The Judge informed the panel that Pablo who was seated in the court is accused of a crime and is innocent until proven guilty of the crime. “Mr Lyle, as he sits here, he’s accused of a crime, but one of the most important rules in this house and rules of criminal law and constitutionalism, that man is innocent,” said Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez. Another potential Juror told the court he has seen the video of Pablo punching the man and will not be able to remain impartial. "My mind is made up, anybody who preys on elderly people or anything like that. I am totally against," he said.The actual trial of the 'State of Florida vs Pablo Lyle' is expected to begin at the end of this week or next week on Tuesday.

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