Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

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On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial.

He just had his trial and the jury acquitted him.  Alfredo Simon is a free man.

The theory was that Simon fired a gun into the air in revelry, with the bullet coming down and killing Almonte.  Experts testified that the bullet came from someone else’s gun, however.

Between that and the civil suit by the victim’s family being dropped earlier this year, Simon’s trials in this matter would seem to be over.