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O's Simon surrenders to police

Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:23 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:28 pm
Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon has surrendered to police in the Dominican Republic for questioning in a fatal shooting, the Associated Press reports .

Simon arrived at national police headquarters in Santo Domingo on Monday. According to the report, Simon's lawyer have his gun to police.

Police have said Simon told detectives he fired twice into the air during a celebration in the town of Luperon on New Year's Eve.

One man, 25-year-old Michel Castillo Almonte, died from a gunshot, while his 17-year-old brother was shot in the right arm and is currently hospitalized.

UPDATE: Simon's former teammate, Miguel Tejada, is footing the bill for his legal fees, the Baltimore Sun reports . Simon made the MLB minimum salary of $400,000 last season. Tejada signed a one-year deal with the Giants worth $6.5 million this offseason.

From the Sun :

“Alfredo is a kid I really love a lot, he is in trouble right now, and that’s what we do, we stick together,” Tejada said. “We wanted some big company attorneys, there are some good ones here in the Dominican and this is a special case.”

Tejada said he does not know the attorneys personally but took the recommendation of friends. He said he spoke to Simon on Sunday and said the pitcher is doing well, given the circumstances.

“He is fine. He told me he doesn’t have anything to do with it, he is not the one to do it, and I believe him,” Tejada said. “I tell him I am with him and if there’s anything he needs, I am here.”

UPDATE: Dominican officials will seek three months of incarceration against Simon immediately and widen the investigation according to a report from CNN .

Simon told CNN that the victim, Castillo, was "like a brother" and the shooting was an accident.

"In truth that young man was my friend, like a brother," he said of Michael Esteban Castillo. "It wasn't a thing like we began arguing and I started shooting. It was some accident; it happened by accident," Simon said, speaking at the police station where he turned himself in. "That's why I came here -- to open my soul," he said.
Teammate Julio Lugo accompanied Simon on Monday when he turned himself into police for questioning.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2011 1:41 pm

O's Simon surrenders to police

Dumb ass. Nuff said.

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