Mercedes Arce, who was married to Hernández, was in tears. Lyle stayed calm, even though he could get up to 15 years in prison. Later, the 35-year-old father of two hugged and kissed his family and wife, Ana Araujo.
Lyle was put in handcuffs and walked away as he blew an air kiss to the officers.
It hurt Lyle’s fans in Mexico who agreed with People en Espaol’s list of the 50 most beautiful people in entertainment. He starred in “Mi Adorable Maldición,” “La Sombra Del Pasado” and “Corazón Que Miente.” In the 2019 Netflix show “Yankee,” where he plays Malcolm Moriarty, he threw a lot of punches.
Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez of the Miami-Dade Circuit Court told the jury what to do so that they could start making decisions on Tuesday morning. Five copies of her instructions and a video were asked for by the jury. They came to their conclusion in less than five hours.
Soon after the verdict was announced, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement that the jury’s decision showed the “outrageous destructiveness” of road rage.
“Two lives were ruined by simple road rage, which happens far too often on our streets and on streets all over the country,” Fernandez Rundle said.
After the guilty verdict, the victim’s family also said something. In part, it said:
“The Hernandez family is glad that the first part of this process, which has taken three and a half years, is over with today’s guilty verdict.”
Lyle chose not to testify, and on Monday, his defense was done. During his closing argument, Philip Reizenstein stood in front of a picture of three children and Araujo to show that the punch was done in self-defense. Reizenstein said, “This case is about fear.”
Assistant State Attorney Gabriela Alfaro said that the case wasn’t about fear, but about anger, and that Lyle punched Hernandez, 63, for no reason on March 31, 2019, near the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 14th Street.
“The punch Mr. Lyle threw actually caused the victim to fall back, hit his head, and crack his skull open, which led to his death,” said Alfaro.
On surveillance video, Hernandez can be seen getting out of his car and walking toward the car Lyle was in.
Araujo, a Mexican actress who married Lyle in 2014, said in court on Friday that she and Lyle were in the car with their children when Hernandez yelled “bad things” and hit the driver’s side window.
Araujo said, “I was already scared because the kids were so scared.”
Lyle got out of the car he was in, ran toward Hernandez, and punched him, which was caught on surveillance video. Araujo said she didn’t see the punch.
At first, Lyle was charged with battery, so Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh let him go home to Mexico while Hernandez was intubated and not responding at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
Hernandez, who was 63, died four days after the punch. Lyle was then charged with manslaughter by prosecutors, and he flew back to Miami. Under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alan Fine refused to throw out the case.
Lyle had paid a $50,000 bond to get out of jail, and he had been on house arrest for about three years. The date for the sentence has not yet been set. Tinker Mendez said that the least he could get is a nine-year sentence.
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