Simon held in custody while awaiting ballistic tests
Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon is in police custody near his hometown of Santiago, Dominican Republic, pending the result of ballistics tests, according to a source close to the investigation.
Dominican authorities want to know if the bullet that killed Simon’s cousin, 25-year-old Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte, came from Simon's gun.
Simon has not been charged with a crime yet, but he is considered the leading suspect in the death of Castillo Almonte, who was shot in the chest during a New Year’s Eve celebration in a Dominican resort town.
A rough estimate for the completion of the ballistics tests is one to two days, but it could take longer, making it unclear how long Simon will be detained. Once the report is completed, authorities in the Dominican will decide whether to file formal charges against Simon or release him.
Simon met with police on Monday and surrendered the gun he had with him on New Year’s Eve. He told reporters in the Dominican on Monday that the shooting was accidental.