Report: Simon to go on trial in Dominican Republic
Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon, who has been accused of shooting and killing a 25-year-old man in his native Dominican Republic during New Year’s celebrations, will go to trial, a judge ruled Monday.
Simon, 30, was in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic for the hearing. He is back in the United States today and is expected to make another start for Double-A Bowie tonight in Richmond, Va.
Dinora Diloné, an attorney for Simon, maintains that his client is innocent.
“The case was sent back to trial even though there is no evidence to confirm that Alfredo was involved in the incident. Even the ballistics tests were negative," Diloné told The Associated Press.
Diloné said that no date has been set for the start of the trial, “but it usually takes about two months.”
If he is found guilty of manslaughter, Simon faces a sentence of three months to two years in prison.