Decided: July 20, 1972.
STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
ANDREW HENRY LYLE, DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT
For dismissal -- Chief Justice Weintraub and Justices Jacobs, Francis, Proctor, Hall, Schettino and Mountain. Opposed -- None.
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On December 10, 1971 defendant Lyle was indicted for murder by the Essex County Grand Jury. Shortly thereafter he applied for release on bail pending trial. A hearing was held thereon, at the conclusion of which the trial court denied the application holding that on the testimony there was a fair likelihood that defendant would be convicted of first degree murder, and therefore the offense was a capital one. State v. Konigsberg, 33 N.J. 367 (1960).
After the death penalty was declared invalid in State v. Funicello, 60 N.J. 60, cert. den. sub. nom. New Jersey v. Presha, 407 U.S. , 92 S. Ct. 2849, 33 L. Ed. 2d 766 (1972), for the type of murder charged against Lyle, the motion for bail was renewed and granted. The Appellate Division stayed the order and acted favorably upon the State's application for leave to appeal. Upon affirmance there, we granted leave to appeal. Prior to oral argument in this Court Lyle was tried, convicted of first degree murder and on June 16, 1972 was sentenced to life imprisonment. Upon sentence bail was set at $100,000 apparently because of the pendency of this appeal. However, bail has not been posted and no appeal has been taken from the judgment of conviction.
The bail appeal being moot, and in any event controlled by State v. Johnson, 61 N.J. 351 (1972), decided this day, it is dismissed.