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Orioles Reliever Wanted in DR homicide


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O's reliever Simon suspect in fatal shootingBy Bailey Stephens / MLB.com

Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon is the primary suspect in a fatal New Year's Eve shooting in the Dominican Republic, police told the Associated Press.While attending a New Year's Eve celebration in the coastal town of Luperon, Simon allegedly shot and killed Michel Castillo Almonte, 25, in addition to wounding Almonte's 17-year-old brother, according to the police statement.

The Orioles have not officially commented on the allegations; however, one of the club's Dominican representatives, Felipe Alou Jr., told the AP he had spoken with Simon and the right-hander denied involvement.

Simon, who reportedly fled after the incident, could face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the crime.

For a significant portion of last season, the 29-year-old served as the Orioles' closer, compiling 17 saves before the club turned to Koji Uehara to fill the role. Simon went 4-2 with a 4.93 ERA last season.

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