Jury selection is under way for the manslaughter trial of the Mexican soap opera star and Netflix actor whose road rage punch left a 63-year-old Cuban man dead in Miami
- Prospective jurors were interviewed by attorneys at Miami-Dade County Courthouse on Tuesday for the trial of Mexican actor Pablo Lyle
- Lyle, 35, is accused of manslaughter for punching Juan Ricardo Hernández Sr., 63, during a road-rage altercation in Miami on March 31, 2019
- Hernández Sr. died four days later from a brain injury at a local hospital
- At least 35 potential jurors were disqualified from serving in the jury because they said they knew who Lyle was or were aware of the nature of the incident
The selection of the jury for the trial of Mexican actor Pablo Lyle started at a Miami courthouse Tuesday.
Lyle, 35, is accused of manslaughter for punching Juan Ricardo Hernández Sr., 63, during a road-rage altercation in Miami on March 31, 2019. Hernández Sr., a native of Cuba, died at a local hospital four days later.
At least 100 of the 250 prospective jurors were interviewed by state prosecutors and the actor’s defense team at Miami-Dade County Courthouse, according to Univision.
However, 35 potential jurors were ruled out from forming part of the criminal jury after they said they were aware who Lyle was or had heard of the case.
NBC 6 reported that one person told judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez that members of the pool held conversations about the case outside the courtroom.
Mexican actor Pablo Lyle, who starred in the Netflix series Yankee, attends a pre-trial motion of the first day of jury selection at a Miami court on Tuesday. The 35-year-old is accused of killing Juan Ricardo Hernández Sr. following a road-rage incident on March 31, 2019. The 63-year-old was hospitalized with a brain injury and died four days after the fight
Juan Ricardo Hernández Sr. (pictured) suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding following the March 31, 2019 road-rage incident with Mexican actor Pablo Lyle and died four days later
Mexican actor Pablo Lyle (center) charges toward Juan Ricardo Hernández Sr. (right) during a road-rage incident moments after Hernández Sr. had attempted to open the door of the vehicle Lyle was riding in with his wife and two children to the airport on March 31, 2019
Lyle, who has starred in several Mexican soap operas and had a lead role in the Netflix series ‘Yankee,’ has been out on bail and staying at his sister’s Miami residence awaiting the start of a trial that has been postponed on numerous occasions.
The incident was provoked by an argument on the middle of a Miami street after the car Lyle was traveling in allegedly cut off Hernández Sr.’s vehicle on a highway.
Surveillance video footage taken at the time of the incident shows Hernández Sr. abandoning his car at a red light and approaching the window of Lyle’s vehicle, which was being driven by his brother-in-law, Lucas Delfino, to claim why he had been cut off.
It appeared as if Hernández Sr. was going to open the driver’s door when Delfino got out of his car and argued with Hernández Sr.
Lyle remained in the vehicle with his wife and two children, who were headed to the airport, when the vehicle started to move by itself at the intersection.
Delfino raced back to put it in park and avoid what could have been a tragic accident.
Lyle then left the passenger seat and ran towards Hernández Sr. and punched him in the face.
Hernández Sr. was left lying on the floor alone as Lyle and his family drove away.
A few hours later, the actor was detained at Miami International Airport, where he was waiting to travel to Mexico.
Hernández Sr. suffered a brain injury caused by the trauma and died April 4 after family members gave doctors the order to have his life support turned off.
Lyle has said that he acted in self-defense because he feared the Cuban would attack him with a gun.
Mexican soap opera star Pablo Lyle’s punch during a road rage incident in Miami left a man dying from his injuries days later. Lyle has said that he acted in self-defense because he feared the Cuban would attack him with a gun
Lyle at first remained in the vehicle with his wife (pictured left) and two children, who were headed to the airport, when the vehicle started to move by itself at the intersection. His brother in law, raced back to put it in park and avoid what could have been a tragic accident. Lyle then left the passenger seat and ran towards Hernández Sr. and punched him in the face
Pablo Lyle (right) is sworn in by Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez as his attorney Phillip Reizenstein (left) stands by during pre-trial motions on the first day of jury selection in Miami-Dade Criminal Court in Miami on Tuesday