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Alfredo Simon may have altered his gun after the shooting

Jan 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

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

While keeping in mind that the statements of prosecutors in high-profile criminal cases mere days after the event are often calculated to influence the potential jury pool and make the suspect seem as guilty as hell, this looks kinda bad for Alfredo Simon:

A Dominican prosecutor handling the case of Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said Wednesday the “trigger-happy” pitcher might have changed the barrel of a gun he turned over to authorities as a way of disguising his involvement in a fatal New Year’s Dayshooting.

He says that the serial number on the weapon’s barrel does not match numbers on the rest of the gun, which suggests that Simon swapped the original barrel for another in between the shooting and the time the gun (and Simon) was taken into custody. Which, if true, means that those ballistics tests everyone was waiting on may mean nothing now.

I don’t think Simon is going anywhere anytime soon.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    why do millionaire athletes run around with loaded guns?

    • BC - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      To ward off zombies.
      Then again, how do you kill something that’s already dead?

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        Decapitation, duh. Which would make the gun kinda useless, though.

    • ThatGuy - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Probably because people with money are targets. Espeicially in poor south american countries.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Your comment, with a tweak:

      “why do millionaire athletes from the extended Washington, D.C., area run around with loaded guns?”

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        Crap. How the hell could I forget about Plexiglas? Make that the I-95 corridor.

      • Panda Claus - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        Is the answer: “because DC is not that far from Philadelphia?” Just guessing is all. :)

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        Take out “that far from” and I think you’re on to something there….

  2. Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Craig, you sound so mistrusting of prosecutors in general. Defense attorneys tend to do much the same thing.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM

      I have experience with prosecutors. And unlike prosecutors, defense attorneys don’t have the power to imprison people, so it’s not exactly an even playing field.

      Really, if more people were aware of the kind of power a prosecutor has, they’d be terrified. Most handle this power responsibly. Those who do not can ruin lives in the blink of an eye.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        Well, there are irresponsible practitioners on either side of the table.

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

        Like the whole idea of the victim “had it coming” defense. Defenders can ruin lives, too, and/or ruin them further.

        But my small rant against parts of the system is over—at least for now.

        Now, on to the “what does it say about the comparison of the systems when Simon is being held for a year without being charged” corner of my soapbox…

  3. IdahoMariner - Jan 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    See, now, I was just bummed because Pearlman semi-recanted/apologized for yesterday’s stuff about innocent until proven guilty, because I was going to go off on a law-nerd riff about “oh noes! what do we do when there isn’t evidence because someone got rid of it?!” stuff…. but then, I just wasn’t feeling it.

    and thanks for the “most handle this power responsibly” thing Craig. And I agree, a bad one can do serious damage. But, a bad attorney of any kind can really do some damage. Defense attorneys, family law attorneys. The big thing: don’t be a jackass tool with power.

  4. Adam - Jan 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Why does the fact that the barrel has different serial numbers mean he altered it AFTER the fact? How do you prove it wasn’t done before?

    • Ick McWang - Jan 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      i imagine that would be his lawyers defense. unless some dude in a gun shop swears on doing the work for Simon or something, I imiagine that it just looks bad.

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