Sunday, January 2, 2011

Orioles' Simon Suspect In DR Shooting Death, Surrenders To Police


Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon is the prime suspect in a New Year's Eve shooting in the Dominican Republic.

Simon allegedly shot and killed Michel Castillo Almonte, 25, in addition to wounding Almonte's 17-year-old brother, according to the statement from local police.

The Orioles are not commenting, but one of the club's Dominican representatives, Felipe Alou Jr., told the Associated Press that he had spoken with Simon and he denied the charges levelled against him.

Simon, who allegedly fled after the incident, could face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Whoops... allegedly...

Here's our friends at MASN talking to Simon at the time he was called up to the majors...
((HT: MASNSportscom))

MONDAY UPDATE: Simon has surrendered to Dominican authorities. He arrived at national police headquarters- accompanied by his mother and lawyer, who gave detectives Simon's gun as part of the investigation.

A police spokesman says Simon told detectives he fired twice into the air during the New Year's celebration.

More when we know more...

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