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Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

Alfredo Simon walking

On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial.

He just had his trial and the jury acquitted him.  Alfredo Simon is a free man.

The theory was that Simon fired a gun into the air in revelry, with the bullet coming down and killing Almonte.  Experts testified that the bullet came from someone else’s gun, however.

Between that and the civil suit by the victim’s family being dropped earlier this year, Simon’s trials in this matter would seem to be over.

  1. The Common Man - Nov 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Still, it would probably be a good idea if he stopped shooting guns in the air.

    • thefalcon123 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      From Wikipedia: “Bullets fired into the air usually fall back at speeds much lower than those at which they leave the barrel of a firearm. Nevertheless, people can be injured, sometimes fatally, when bullets discharged into the air fall back down. The mortality rate among those struck by falling bullets is about 32%, compared with about 2% to 6% normally associated with gunshot wounds.[5] The higher mortality is related to the higher incidence of head wounds from falling bullets.”

      Perhaps there is a less fatal way to celebrate things than firing a gun in the air, but dammit, what on earth could it be?

      • randomdigits - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        Throwing a knife in the air?

      • ta192 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        Firing into the ground?

      • phukyouk - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Shooting Arrows in the air?

      • Charles Gates - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Toasting beerskis and not driving afterwards.

      • Panda Claus - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Passing gas, with authority.

      • cur68 - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

        1/2 crushed tablet sildinnafil citrate, 2 measures of whiskey (single malt for dog’s sake), top up with soda and garish with 2 pickled onions all in a low ball glass. The recipe for a “High Hardball”. Keep in mind, if you have heart problems, this drink is not for you. If you are young and healthy though, one of these and you’re good for 4 hours. If symptoms persist for longer than 4 hours…well just be glad.

      • hasbeen5 - Nov 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        Midget tossing?

  2. aaronmoreno - Nov 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    We don’t have to take back all the bad stuff we said about him, right?

    • phukyouk - Nov 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      nah.. you know hes guilty…

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Alfredo, the next time you want to use guns the way Yosemite Sam does, simply refrain and instead…..dance.

  4. bbk1000 - Nov 9, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    I like to celebrate by throwing dog excrement into the neighbor’s yard, joy for me, and joy for him.

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