Civil suit against Orioles' Alfredo Simon dropped by victim's family

  • Alfredo Simon leaves court after his appeal was rejected by a judge in the Dominican Republic.
Alfredo Simon leaves court after his appeal was rejected by… (Photo by Tomas Barett )
February 25, 2011|By From Sun staff and news services

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A prosecutor overseeing an involuntary manslaughter case against Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said the investigation will continue even though the victim's family has dropped a civil lawsuit against the player.

Victor Mueses told the Associated Press on Friday that he has evidence against Simon but is still waiting for a ballistics test and analysis of a video taken during the shooting before presenting his case.

Prosecutors have until April 9 to submit a formal charge that would lead to trial.

On Thursday, a judge denied a second request to grant the 29-year-old bail.

Simon is suspected of killing 25-year-old Michael Castillo Almonte and wounding his 17-year-old brother in the northeast coastal town of Luperon in Puerto Plata. The dead man is Simon's cousin, according to Simon's lawyer, Carlos Olivares.

Mueses said that Simon apparently fired a shot while trying to defuse a dispute between two women on New Year's Eve.

Olivares has said his client fired random shots in celebration, but that he is not a suspect in the killing because Simon's cousin was shot in the chest.

Simon could face up to two years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

At Orioles spring training in Sarasota, Fla., his teammates acknowledged Simon's situations was on their minds.

"I'm absolutely wishing him well," starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie said Wednesday. "He's a teammate and a friend. We hope the best, and from an individual standpoint, I hope he is not responsible for what happened. Hopefully, the law down there will take its course. Ultimately, justice needs to prevail one way or another."

Simon went 4-2 with a 4.93 ERA last season. He had 17 saves in 21 opportunities.

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