MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Mexican telenovela star accused of punching and killing a man during a traffic incident last March is not being allowed to return to Mexico and will have to stay in Miami while he awaits trial.
Last week, Pablo Lyle’s attorneys had argued that their client needed to go back to Mexico in order to work and make money to be able to support his family.
On Wednesday morning, Miami judge Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos denied the request.
Lye, 33, has been living in South Florida on restrictive house arrest. His attorneys say the judge has loosened some of those restrictions, allowing him to move around as long as he stays in town.
The actor is accused of throwing a punch that killed 63-year-old Juan Ricardo Hernandez. His attorneys contend Lyle threw a punch to defend himself and his family, as per Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
A prior judge rejected the argument that Lyle was standing his ground and that decision is under appeal.
Hernandez suffered a broken skull and internal bleeding and died four days later at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The incident took place on March 31. Lyle was a passenger in a car driven by his brother-in-law when he cut off Hernandez in the intersection of NW 27th Avenue and 14th Street.
At a stoplight, Hernandez ran up to the SUV Lyle was in and banged on the window. “He was very angry, his face was distorted with rage and anger,” said Lyle’s brother-in-law Lucas Delfino, who was driving. “He was banging on the window very loudly,” he said.
Lyle was captured on surveillance video running out of the passenger side of the vehicle towards Hernandez. His brother-in-law also got out of the car, but it was not in park and it started rolling into the intersection.
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The brother-in-law ran back to the car to stop it from rolling and Hernandez walked back toward his own car. That is when the surveillance video shows Lyle running towards Hernandez and throwing and landing a single punch.
Last week, attorneys for Lyle told the judge that their client is in the US on a tourist visa and is not allowed to work.
Lyle’s lawyers said that it was not fair and that he should be allowed to return home to do that in order to support his wife and two children.
Attorney Bruce Lehr said, “He has been on house arrest and unable to be with his family.”
Lehr said, “When he went to Mexico and heard that charges were added, he came back. He needs to make a living. He needs to support his family.”
“That’s 10 months that Pablo has not been able to work and not been able to feed his family. He’s not going anywhere. This is punishing his family.”