Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Where Are They Now? Alfredo Simon Edition

In a prison in Puerto Plata.  On to other news…

According to several eye witness accounts, Alfredo Simon was not the man who fired the fatal shot killing his 25 year old cousin, Michael Esteban Castillo. 

His agent, Phil Isaac, spent much of the weekend in the Dominican Republic talking with attorneys and those close to the case.  Based on the evidence he’s heard, he was led to believe that Simon was “quite a distance” away from the spot where Castillo was killed.  Isaac had this to say on Simon’s behalf:

"There are a few witnesses that will come forward that we have spoken to and that the attorneys have spoken to that will testify — if it comes to that — that under no circumstances whatsoever could Alfredo have fired the fatal shot," said Isaac, who along with his brother, Alex, represents Simon.

What did we really expect him to say?  He’s Simon’s agent.  Even if he received some damning information against his client, he wasn’t going to come out and say, “Yeah, it’s pretty obvious Simon did it.  Lock him up.”  Isaac is trying to promote his client’s best interests, which makes the validity of Isaac’s statements dubious at best. 

Issac went on to say that the results of the ballistics test would be released today.  He, of course, believes the results of this report will exonerate his client.  I’m not so sure.  Considering last week’s report regarding the inconsistencies in serial numbers on the gun surrendered by Simon, I think report will actually pose more questions than it answers.  It’s certainly possible that the fatal bullet came from Simon’s gun, but not the barrel he turned into the cops.  What happened to the original barrel?  Why was it swapped?  Did Simon swap the barrels consciously?  These are all questions that need to be answered.

Not surprisingly, the names of these supposed eye witnesses have not been made available to the press or public.  Until I hear otherwise, I’m going to assume these eye witnesses are members of Simon’s Dominican Republic entourage who may or may not have been offered a bribe.  Maybe I’m being a bit cynical, but with all of the twists and turns this case has taken, I wouldn’t be shocked by anything.  

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