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Mexican telenovela star will return to Miami as ordered for court hearing, lawyer says

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A man punched by Mexican telenovela star Pablo Lyle after a traffic incident in Miami Sunday died Thursday at Jackson Memorial, hospital officials said. Police had charged Lyle with assault; he’d posted bond, left U.S.
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A man punched by Mexican telenovela star Pablo Lyle after a traffic incident in Miami Sunday died Thursday at Jackson Memorial, hospital officials said. Police had charged Lyle with assault; he’d posted bond, left U.S.

Telenovela star Pablo Lyle will return to Miami from Mexico as ordered by a Miami-Dade judge for a hearing on Monday that will re-examine Lyle’s bond after the death of a 63-year-old man, who Lyle punched at a Miami intersection March 31.

“Mr Lyle will appear each and every time required by the court,” Lyle’s attorney, Bruce Lehr of Lehr Levi & Mendez, wrote in a Sunday email to the Miami Herald.

Lyle, 32, plays Rodrigo Villavicencio, the male lead on the Mexican telenovela “Mi Adorable Maldición” (My Adorable Curse).

When arrested last Monday, Lyle was charged with battery, a third-degree felony. The last line of Lyle’s arrest report said Juan Ricardo Hernandez, of whom Lyle told police he punched out of fear for his family, was already “unconscious, intubated and suffering from a brain injury.”

He posted $5,000 bond Monday and, on Tuesday, requested permission to travel. It was granted Tuesday by the judge covering the court for Judge Lisa Walsh.

Lyle entered a plea of not guilty plea on Thursday. Later Thursday, Hernandez died at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Upon reading of Hernandez’s death in the Miami Herald Friday morning, Walsh rescinded the travel order and ordered Lyle, his attorney and his bail bondsman to appear at a Monday 9 a.m. hearing to address Lyle’s bond.

“The bond contract at issue is vitiated by the victim’s death and the likelihood of enhanced charges.”

Lehr wrote in his Sunday email he didn’t know what criminal charges would be added and “the state has until May 1 to make that decision.”

The Miami-Dade state attorney’s office said Friday it would view autopsy results before making any decisions on more charges.

Former longtime prosecutor and current criminal defense attorney David Weinstein, who isn’t associated with this case, didn’t think it was a certainty that Lyle would appear and said making sure he does is the smart legal move.

“This will allow them to argue against an increase in amount of bond and additional travel restrictions,” Weinstein Tweeted. “I suspect that the Judge will require him to stay in the U.S. until his arraignment and then revisit the bond again when additional charges are filed.”

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.


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