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UPDATE: Alfredo Simon held pending the results of ballistic tests

Jan 4, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

Alfredo Simon walking

UPDATE: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Simon is being held in the Dominican Republic pending the results of ballistic tests. Authorities are currently trying to confirm whether the bullet that killed Castillo came from Simon’s gun. He has yet to be charged with a crime, though he is the lead suspect.

9:28 PM: According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language correspondent for the Associated Press, Alfredo Simon will be held in his native Dominican Republic for one year without bail until his shooting case goes to trial.

His lawyers, who are being bankrolled by former Orioles teammate Miguel Tejada, intend to appeal the ruling, so we probably haven’t heard the last of this.

In case you haven’t heard, Simon reportedly fired two bullets into the air during on New Year’s Eve, killing 25-year-old Micheal Esteban Castillo and wounding Castillo’s 17-year-old half-brother.

The Orioles reliever has maintained that the shooting was an accident and that the victim was a friend.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    “In case you haven’t heard, Simon reportedly fired two bullets into the air during on New Year’s Eve, killing 25-year-old Micheal Esteban Castillo and wounding Castillo’s 17-year-old half-brother.”

    Were they in a plane? Helicopter? or Hot air ballon? Because if not, he may of shot the only two people known to man who can fly. This gets more sad every time I read about it.

    • D.J. Short - Jan 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      Yeah, obviously seems curious. Not jumping to any conclusions. Just an awful story all the way around.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        Yeah, it really is. I just can’t sympathize with Simon here, even if it was an accident. You just don’t do things like that.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:53 AM

      With no intention of making a joke here, I got an image of Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase) shooting the Invisible Swordsman here. And there are reports in years past of people injured in the city when other idiots “celebrate” New Year’s by shooting up in the air. This is just another sad, sad story like Ugi Urbina and so many more.

      And I note how he hasn’t been charged, and yet he’s STILL being held for a year without bail. Makes you think about the system we have here in the EEUU, doesn’t it?

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 4, 2011 at 8:16 AM

        There are very few known cases of people being hit with a falling bullet that actually injured them. The chances of that happening to someone where they hit two people killing one and severely wounding the other when in close proximity to each other is like slim to none. I’d say nearly impossible with the terminal velocity of a bullet. A bullet shot from a pistol has a speed of about 2000 FPS. A falling bullet? Around 300-400 FPS. It would have to hit a person in a very vulnerable spot to actually kill, let alone wound. I’d say a nasty bump if it hit your head, unless your soft spot never grew in……..

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        It doesn’t have to be a falling bullet that injures anybody. It could just be a skewed definition of “up in the air.” Especially after the gunman has knocked back a few—maybe Yuengling 40s.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Ha!!! Quarts man, Quarts. Get it right.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        Wishful thinking on my part, I guess.

  2. coryeuc - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    I heard he shot all those birds that fell over Arkansas…

  3. crisisjunky - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Apparently, fireworks are illegal in the D.R.

  4. stephanieiramire - Jan 4, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Alfredo Simon is being held in the Dominican Republic pending the results of ballistics tests.
    colon lipo

  5. grumpy00 - Jan 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Why do people feel the need to make noise when we celebrate new years ……… I guess we need to make sure everyone knows it’s midnight……as if we’re the only one that knows…..

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