Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN)A person detained following the capturing of Purple Sox all-star David Ortiz within the Dominican Republic appeared in court docket late Tuesday on a cost of being an confederate to the tried homicide of the previous baseball participant.
Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia was held by police in reference to the capturing of Ortiz at a nightclub Sunday would possibly.
Prosecutors requested that he be held in custody for a yr of pre-trial detention. However protection lawyer, Bunel Ramírez Merán, advised CNN after the court docket listening to that he argued towards his shopper being held on pre-trial detention, as an alternative requesting the choose postpone the choice so protection legal professionals may collect related proof.
Merán mentioned he plans to display to the court docket his shopper wouldn’t current a flight danger because of his “household, social and work ties.”
The choose mentioned he would rule on the prosecution request Wednesday.
Ortiz and a buddy had been shot Sunday evening on the Dial nightclub in Santo Domingo. The person who police say fired the shot continues to be at massive.
Ortiz, 43, was struck within the again, and “the bullet went by means of his abdomen,” Felix Durán Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic Nationwide Police, advised CNN. Ortiz is recovering at Boston’s Massachusetts Common Hospital.
Féliz García and a second man arrived on the nightclub on a bike earlier than one among them opened fireplace, police mentioned. The 2 tried to drive away after the capturing, however the bike fell to the pavement, police mentioned.
A crowd attacked Féliz García and handed him over to police, however the second man bought away on foot, police mentioned.
Deivi Solano, Féliz Garcia’s lawyer, mentioned his shopper is a bike taxi driver and should have unwittingly pushed the shooter, however he didn’t shoot Ortiz.
Justina Garcia, the suspect’s mom, mentioned her son is harmless.
“We actually like him, and my son and I are followers of his,” Justina Garcia advised CNN. “My son had nothing to do with this.”
Justina Garcia mentioned she needs police to supply safety for her son as a result of she fears for his security.
Féliz García, who has a 2017 drug cost, lives in West Santo Domingo.
On Monday, the Purple Sox despatched a airplane to hold the retired star, a married father of three, to Boston from the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz took his first steps on Tuesday afternoon after present process a second surgical procedure to deal with his accidents.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tiffany Ortiz mentioned her husband was “steady, awake, and resting comfortably” in Mass Common’s intensive care unit, “the place he’s anticipated to stay for the following a number of days,” in response to an announcement launched by the Main League Baseball membership.
David Ortiz, often known as Huge Papi, was raised in Santo Domingo and made his Main League Baseball debut in 1997. A primary baseman and designated hitter, Ortiz performed 20 seasons earlier than retiring in 2016.
He’s finest identified for his 14 seasons in Boston because the Purple Sox’s designated hitter.
In 2004, Ortiz helped the Purple Sox win their first championship since 1918, ending the “Curse of the Bambino.” Followers, principally tongue-in-cheek, blamed the group’s decades-long championship drought on the 1919 resolution to commerce legend Babe Ruth, aka the Bambino, to the rival New York Yankees.
Ortiz performed on the Purple Sox World Collection championship groups of 2007 and 2013. He was named World Collection MVP in 2013.
He’s beloved in Boston for a lot of causes, together with his charitable work by means of his basis and his love for town.
Ortiz emerged as a champion for town within the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three folks and wounded greater than 200 others in 2013.
“This jersey that we put on at present, it would not say Purple Sox. It says Boston,” he mentioned, standing on the infield as the gang cheered cops on the sphere.
“That is our f***ing metropolis, and no person’s going to dictate our freedom. Keep sturdy,” Ortiz mentioned.