Authorities in the Dominican Republic believe that a local taxi driver knew that the shooting of David Ortiz would take place. The investigators said he allegedly staged some of the alleged killers – and later confirmed to the police that this was not the case The intended target, according to a report.
Franklin Junior Merán, also known as "Rubirosa", was identified in court records on Thursday after being arrested in connection with the June 9 attack, according to the Dominican newspaper Listin Diario.
] Public Ministry officials say the 25-year-old drove one of the vehicles that carried the suspects who were charged with the $ 8,000 murder operation. The 43-year-old Ortiz was shot in the back by one of the men who allegedly puzzled him for his friend David Fernández.
The police believe a bad photo of Fernández was ultimately to blame because the investigators attributed the false identity Poor lighting ̵
According to authorities, Merán was in dispute with the alleged death squad and had met them in the days before the incident. On 2 June, Gabriel Alexánder Pérez Vizcaíno, one of the suspected liaison officers involved in the murder contract, was reportedly meeting with Merán and suspected mastermind Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota, accused of financing the attack, and the still in the whole.
Police were announced earlier this week that Ortiz was not the intended target after receiving new evidence, although it was not clear what prompted the change to the case specifically.
Investigators believe that Fernández's cousin, Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, 43, had ordered the hit because he thought Fernández had betrayed him before he was arrested in 2011. But Ortiz & # 39; friend has defeated these claims and insisted that he has no enemies.
"I'm just a businessman," Fernández said last week to a Dominican radio station. "I do not know where these rumors come from, I do not even have a cat as an enemy."
Policemen arrested at least 11 people in connection with the Ortiz shootings. The Red Sox legend is recovering at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.