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Witnesses will say that Alfredo Simon did not fire the fatal shot

Jan 10, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

Alfredo Simon walking

Personally I’d like to never think about shootings again. But as long as the information is out there I suppose we need to pass it along:

The agent for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said there are several witnesses in the Dominican Republic who are willing to come forward and testify that the pitcher could not have fired the fatal bullet that killed Simon’s 25-year-old cousin in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

Phil Isaac, one of Simon’s two American agents, spent the weekend in the Dominican talking to attorneys and others involved with the case and said he believes Simon was “quite a distance” away from the spot where his cousin, Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte, was killed.

“There are a few witnesses that will come forward that we have spoken to and that the attorneys have spoken to that will testify – if it comes to that – that under no circumstances whatsoever could Alfredo have fired the fatal shot,” said Isaac, who along with his brother, Alex, represents Simon.

As I always like to mention: it’s nearly impossible to know what’s going on from way up here. We’re just not that familiar with the legal system in the Dominican Republic. And given what we’ve seen, there are way too many people who are prepared to talk about this case in terms that are fundamentally different than those who talked about it five minutes ago.

But, like I said, we’ll continue to pass along new developments as they’re reported.

(thanks to reader Random Digits for the heads up)

  1. Utley's Hair - Jan 10, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    If a well-funded defense cuts down a tree to print money with in the Dominican Republic, does it make a sound up here?

  2. clydeserra - Jan 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I love that a responsible person writes these headlines. Any other source would have title it “Simon did not fire the fatal shot witnesses say”

    Thank you

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 10, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    If the Simon camp had the audacity to offer money to the mother of the victim as hush money (allegedly) I wouldn’t be shocked at all to find out that some of his buddies he was hanging with at the time got the same offer. Would you?

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