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O’s Alfredo Simon suspected of murder in Dominican

Jan 2, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitches against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

UPDATE: More details HERE.

11:08 AM: Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon may be in serious trouble back in his native country.

According to the Associated Press, he is the “main suspect” in the fatal shooting of a man down in the Dominican Republic.

The AP says that Simon, 29, is believed to have shot and killed 25-year-old Michel Castillo Almonte and wounded his 17-year-old brother during a New Year’s Eve scuffle in the seaside town of Luperon.

Orioles representative Felipe Alou Jr. told the Associated Press that he has spoken with Simon and that the right-hander is claiming to be innocent.

He posted a 4.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 49 relief appearances last season, fanning 37 batters and walking 22 over 49.1 innings of work while serving as both a setup man and closer.

If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in jail.

  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 2, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Well, it could be worst. He could be a steriod user instead.

  2. Brian - Jan 2, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    he should hire Ugueth Urbina’s lawyer.

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