David Ortiz shooting suspect will remain in jail, awaiting trial

Author: CBS News
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

The man accused of shooting Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz will remain in jail for at least one year while awaiting trial. Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz and eight other suspects made a court appearance in the Dominican Republic on Friday, all wearing bulletproof vests and helmets. From his jail cell window, the suspected gunman told reporters Ortiz was not his intended target.

Ortiz remains in a Boston hospital, where he’s recovering from a second surgery. On Sunday, the former Red Sox slugger was ambushed and shot at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital.

Police have nine suspects in custody, and local media reported a 10th turned himself into authorities on Friday. Authorities are still looking for several others they said may be involved in the plot, including a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Pennsylvania. Defense attorneys told CBS News that their clients are innocent.

Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz is taken to court on June 13, 2019. ROBERTO GUZMAN / AP

Dr. Jose Abel Gonzalez, who was part of the team that treated Ortiz in the hours after the shooting, told CBS News that Ortiz was in a lot of pain, but was in stable condition when he was taken into the operating room.

Police interviewed Ortiz in the operating room, and Gonzalez said the baseball legend told investigators he didn’t have a problem with anyone on the island, and that he was a “good man.”

Police have not yet announced a motive for the crime.

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