Report: David Ortiz murder plot may have been hatched from prison

Darren Hartwell

Report: David Ortiz murder plot may have been hatched from prison originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

It's looking more likely that the shooting of David Ortiz wasn't an isolated act but rather a premeditated plan to murder the Boston Red Sox legend.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic are investigating whether two suspects in the case -- Jose Eduardo Ciprian Lebron and Carlos Rafael Alvarez -- hatched the plot to kill Ortiz from prison, the Boston Globe reported Friday morning.

Per the Globe, authorities are looking into whether Lebron, who's serving time for separate murder charges, played a role in organizing the $7,800 payout sent to the alleged attackers to kill Ortiz.

Police also claim they have evidence that Alvarez, currently on a 20-year sentence for aggravated robbery, contacted some of the suspects arrested in the shooting, per Alvarez's lawyer.

The complicated case already has implicated nine suspects -- including alleged gunman Rolfi Ferreras Cruz -- who were presented in court Thursday and are scheduled to be indicted Friday in connection with the shooting of Ortiz in the D.R. on Sunday night.

Police believe four additional suspects, including the boss of a criminal organization in Reading, Pa., are still at large as they try to determine who ordered the killing of one of the most popular figures in the Dominican.

Ortiz, meanwhile, remains in recovery at Massachusetts General Hospital after two surgeries to repair liver and kidney damage.

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