Remember Julio Castillo? The Peoria Cheifs pitcher who threw a ball into the stands and set off a brawl in Dayton last year? Well, his trial started today:
In opening statements during the trial of Julio Castillo, assistant Montgomery County prosecutor Jon Marshall said the evidence will show that Castillo, 22, of the Dominican Republic, committed felonious assault.
“He decided he was going to hurt someone, anyone,” Marshall said. “He had in his hand a hard dense object, a baseball. He decided to hurl that baseball, that object, with great force . . .”
. . . Marshall said Chris McCarthy was sitting in the stands with his wife and young son when the ball hurled by Castillo hit him.
“The ball struck him square in the temple,” Marshall said. “He didn’t have time to react. The stitching of the ball the defendant threw was imprinted on Chris’ head.”
Oooh, sounds damning. Of course, you can’t make up your mind simply after hearing the prosecution’s opening statement. The defense gets a turn too!
Defense attorney Dennis Lieberman said that as tensions between the two teams escalated, Castillo threw the ball at the Dayton dugout to keep Dragons’ players from rushing the field.
“He throws it at the dugout — at the fencing in front of the dugout — to hit an inanimate object to scare them away,” Lieberman said. “He does it because he can’t talk. He can’t speak English. … He wasn’t throwing it at an individual.”
Um, yeah. You really goin’ with “trying to scare them away” as a case theory, Dennis? Hey, it’s your trial. Far be it from me to criticize a fellow Shyster.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go bake Castllo a cake with a file in it, because this trial ain’t gonna last long.