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Report: Preliminary forensics test could clear Alfredo Simon in shooting

Jan 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

Take this news with a grain of salt, but Alfredo Simon’s lawyer told CNN tonight that a “preliminary forensics test” could clear the pitcher in the shooting death of 25-year-old Michael Esteban Castillo.

“The ballistics tests have been favorable,” lawyer Carlos Olivares told CNN in a telephone interview. “We are waiting for the formal report.”

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com heard similar information from Simon’s agent, who added that the bullet doesn’t match Simon’s gun.

If true, this would absolve Simon in the shooting, which also wounded Castillo’s 17-year-old brother, but Dominican police have expressed skepticism about the report. Sgt. Hermosin de los Santos with the Preventive Police in Puerto Plata told CNN it’s still “very early” and that such cases usually take six months to investigate fully.

Simon is expected to remain in police custody while the Forensic Sciences Institute in Santo Domingo collects and reviews further ballistics evidence.

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