A Miami-Dade County judge denied Pablo Lyle’s request to grant the telenovela star a new trial after he was convicted of manslaughter for a 2019 road rage killing.
Lyle, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, appeared before Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez Monday morning.
Tinkler Mendez said she found no evidence warranting the motion for a new trial. The 35-year-old Mexican telenovela star now faces up to 15 years in prison at sentencing.
Back in October, a jury found Lyle guilty of manslaughter in the 2019 road rage incident that left 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez dead.
A security camera video showed Lyle rushing up to Hernandez and punching him in the face. Hernandez died after hitting his head on the pavement.
Defense attorneys argued that Hernandez started the incident when he got out of his car and pounded on the window of the car Lyle was riding in at an intersection.
They also argued that Lyle was defending his family against what he thought was a threat posed by Hernandez.
But prosecutors said Hernandez had walked away and was heading back to his car before the punch. They also said that three witnesses testified that Hernandez had his hands up in a defensive posture and that there was no reason for Lyle to hit him at that point.
The Hernandez family have said Lyle deserves more time behind bars, not less.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for February.
A day after Mexican telenovela star Pablo Lyle was convicted in a fatal 2019 road rage encounter in Miami, family members of the man killed is speaking out. The family of 63-year-old Juan Hernandez said they lost part of themselves three years ago, when he was dealt a fatal punch by Lyle during the road rage incident.