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Alfredo Simon will likely be charged with involuntary manslaughter

Jan 4, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

Alfredo Simon walking

Things are not looking good for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon.  The prosecutor told the Associated Press that the evidence supports an involuntary manslaughter charge:

“The version that we have is that there was a dispute between two women and [Simon] tried to dissolve it, fired a shot that ended up wounding a young person in the arm and that same bullet lodged in the chest of the deceased.”

Simon’s lawyer says it happened differently: he says that a bunch of people were firing guns into the air, that Simon had no idea that a bullet hit anyone, and that the police have singled him out.

I don’t know a thing about the legal system in the Dominican Republic, but if the prosecution has a theory like that — and if ballistic tests don’t show the bullet to have come from someone else’s gun — it would not be unreasonable to assume that Simon will be either in jail or at least charged and unable to leave the country for some time and that a trial will take place in which the fired-at-someone vs. the fired-in-the-air stories would be go head-to-head.

Mostly, though, we have to realize that we don’t know much of anything.

  1. amhendrick - Jan 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    “we have to realize that we don’t know much of anything”

    But do we know enough to decide whether this disqualifies him from potential Hall of Fame consideration?

    • drunkenhooliganism - Jan 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      It absolutely disqualifies him, this is clearly a case of roid rage

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Has Luke Scott been reached for comment on this case?

  3. clydeserra - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    THe bullet is or isn’t from his gun. That should be simple enough to say. If not, he makes spring training.

    If yes, I am not sure how “others shooting” helps him. It’s not a defense to shooting in the air. It might create a sense of chaos, but, just because others are shooting in the air doesn’t mean its ok too.

    All in all though it doesn’t seem like a Ugeth Urbina situation, Even if he pleads to something, he may pitch again in the majors.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Only if he’s in the best shape of his life.

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