A Dominican drug trafficker who was jealous of David Ortiz and felt disrespected by him had him shot at a Dominican nightclub in 2019, according to private investigators Ortiz hired to look into the attack that nearly killed him. The findings by former Boston police commissioner Edward Davis reported by the Boston Globe on Saturday contradict the theory of the crime developed by Dominican prosecutors. Davis told the newspaper that he identified the drug-trafficker César Peralta as having orchestrated the shooting by placing a bounty on Ortiz and sanctioning the hit squad that tried to kill him. Dominican authorities did not cooperate with the private investigation. Peralta is being held without bail in Puerto Rico on unrelated charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin.
Precisely why Peralta may have felt so disrespected that he would order Ortiz slain remains murky.
The findings are based mainly on intelligence from US law enforcement sources and an investigation by a former high-ranking CIA official. https://t.co/btZiR29HDd
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) March 19, 2022