An appeals court in the Dominican Republic has granted Alfredo Simon's request to be released on bail, according to news reports Thursday from Puerto Plata, where the Orioles reliever has been incarcerated since Jan. 3. Simon is to be freed as soon as he comes up with 2 million pesos, the equivalent of $53,333.
It is not yet known whether Simon, suspected of fatally shooting a man and injuring another during a party early on New Year's Day, will be allowed to leave the Dominican Republic pending an investigation into the incident, which took the life of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte, 25. The victim's 17-year-old half brother, Starlin Castillo Hernandez, was injured.
Simon was denied bail twice before by lower courts, most recently last week.
Thursday's decision came from a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal in Puerto Plata, the northern coastal city in which Simon has been held, according to a report in Listín Diaro, a Santo Domingo newspaper. Magistrates Miguelina Bear, Manuel Ureña and Juan Suardy granted the defendant's release pending payment of the bond, a transaction that was expected to be completed Friday.