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Santo Domingo.- Family members of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte, who was shot dead on New Year's Eve, are claiming that baseball player Alfredo Simon who is being accused of the shooting, offered them money to withdraw charges against the Baltimore Orioles pitcher.

According to  Simon’s lawyer, ballistics tests will demonstrate his client’s innocence of the fatal shooting of a man in the Dominican Republic on New Year’s Day.

Lawyer Carlos Olivares says the tests “have been favorable,” adding that a "preliminary forensics report" absolves Simon in the fatal shooting of a man in the northern coastal town of Luperon.

The 29-year-old Orioles reliever, a native of Santiago, is being treated as the main suspect in the death of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte, 25, said to be a cousin of Simon, who was shot in the chest during a New Year’s Eve celebration. Simon is also accused of wounding Castillo's 17-year-old brother.

According to Olivares, Simon was one of many who fired random, celebratory shots in the air in celebration of the New Year, a common practice in the Dominican Republic.

"A group of 14, 15 people shot up in the air, including my client," said Olivares. "So, they planted the thesis that it could have been him."

Simon surrendered to police on Monday and is serving one year's protective custody in Puerto Plata while the case is prepared for court. He faces an involuntary manslaughter charge.

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15 comment(s)
Written by: BASTA, 6 Jan 2011 8:08 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Good for his ass
Written by: Rainman, 6 Jan 2011 9:21 AM
From: United States
they should ban the idiotic practice of shooting in the air, but then again they will have to create another department in the government that will oversee the banning and give botellas to their friends and families. Nahhh let them shoot is cheaper.
Written by: Ricardolito, 6 Jan 2011 9:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Strange that they have downgraded the charge to involuntary manslaughter ..it would appear the police do not believe that it was premeditated murder .
I also believe the family of the victim should accept a very large payment of at least one million dollars from the killer .It is unlikely that the killer will spend more than 3 years in prison , if any time at all , and at least the family would have something and the killer would be penalised,
Written by: UnderCover, 6 Jan 2011 10:02 AM
From: United States
Another BIG A HOLE with a gun in his hand who doesn't know how to handle a situation.

He should get everything thats coming to him, and much more, but in DR that only means 2 years max, and maybe some family donations $$$, because life is cheap in DR these days (WADA KUNTRY). This crap is getting to common in DR with ball players going back for the holidays who are packing guns for protection or for their BIG AS EGOS.

You know what it's automatic that it's going to happen again in 2011 and of course by another BIG A HOLE ballplayer, and because life will still be cheap in DR.
Written by: xfactor, 6 Jan 2011 10:24 AM
From: United States
This guy may be a dumbass but I don't think he murdered the guy.
Written by: xwill7, 6 Jan 2011 11:04 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Why even put yourself in that position when you have a great mlb contract? Pitch for a few years and live like a king in DR... Wow, do these guys have brains?
Written by: Ricardolito, 6 Jan 2011 11:46 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
no ..they do not have any brains at all and what they like are fast women , fast cars and much bravado .I see the potential stars in my classes at my schools and have yet to see one with an ounze of humility or proper leadership quailities
Written by: VeronicaDR, 6 Jan 2011 12:36 PM
From: United States
Same story as we usually know money buys special favors in the court system and from the police. So much for fixing our corruption problem LF. This case is well known since it involved a famous baseball star. Everyone is watching and LF once again does not step in to make sure justice prevails for the poor people of our country.
Written by: pleasuretour, 6 Jan 2011 12:37 PM
From: United States
He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and not murder. Even in the low probability event that his bullet out of dozens of others fired was a perfect match for the one which caused the death he would've been out of detention in time for spring training anyway.

They should've taken the money.
Written by: danny00, 6 Jan 2011 1:12 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
YOU WANT TO SEE REAL COPS, REAL COURTS, REAL JUDGES? THEN PLEASE READ BELOW THE STORY OF PLAXICO BURRESS, THE FAMOUS NEW YORK GIANTS FOOTBALL PLAYER THAT WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD UNTIL THE GUN???


: Plaxico talks about life behind barsBurress denied work release for 2nd timePlax return would not Shock JeremySmith may be small, but numbers are bigFaltering Giants try to get on trackMyers: A year later, Plax shot still rings
It was a chilling sight for the Giants players. Just 19 months after Plaxico Burress caught the winning touchdown pass to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, the picture of him holding his young son moments before being taken off to jail this week created sadness in every corner of the locker room.

Written by: danny00, 6 Jan 2011 1:14 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
Just a year ago, he was one of them. Now he's a world away in prison in one of the quickest and most drastic falls in New York sports history. Burress hanging on tightly to 3-year-old Elijah reinforced to the Giants how quickly things can be taKEN AWAY FROM YOU... WHEN YOU DO NOT USE YOUR BRAINS..
KEY WORDS

DONT USE YOUR BRAINS.... THE PROBLEM JUST MIGHT BE THAT THIS BASEBALL PLAYER HAS A VERY TINY BRAIN IF HE HAS ONE AT ALL.
Written by: danny00, 6 Jan 2011 1:16 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
u know on this story he shot himself in the thigh, he did not kill anyone
and still he sits behind bars in a jail he lost everything. but the worst thing he has lost is his freedom.
Written by: danny00, 6 Jan 2011 1:19 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
Written by: VeronicaDR, 6 Jan 2011 12:36 PM
From: United States
Same story as we usually know money buys special favors in the court system and from the police. So much for fixing our corruption problem LF. This case is well known since it involved a famous baseball star. Everyone is watching and LF once again does not step in to make sure justice prevails for the poor people of our country, MAYBE IN THE DR

BUT IF YOU DO A CRIME IN THE STATES YOUR GOING TO JAIL.
Written by: danny00, 6 Jan 2011 1:32 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 114 santo DOMINGO
u rape a girl u give money to the family, u run down and kill someone crossing the street u give the family money, what ever u do all u need to do is give the family money.
man thats sad and way backwards in the real world, if u do a crime u should go to jail or at least though the court system, let the "honest judges and courts decide the out come, if need be one goes to jail for for a period of time and still he should be made to make restition for damges he or she has caused.
Written by: JPDTrinity, 7 Jan 2011 6:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, I dislike all politicians and their afiliated parties... "I simply say it AS IT IS!!"
Hey, Veronica...

I guess Obama should be involve in every crime that takes place in the States. So all trials are safe, fair, and sound.

LOL

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