Judge throws out charges against Urbina

Originally Published: January 25, 2004
Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela -- A judge has thrown out charges against former Florida Marlins pitcher Ugueth Urbina, who was arrested for allegedly firing gunshots into the air in an upscale Caracas neighborhood.

Ugueth Urbina

Urbina's lawyer, Andres Peinado, told El Universal newspaper on Sunday that Judge Ludmila Pinto ruled that Urbina fired his gun in self-defense when a man on a motorcycle tried to rob him.

Police arrested Urbina early Friday morning for firing a gun out the passenger window of a sport utility vehicle.

Urbina finished last season as the closer for the World Series champion Marlins, but is now a free agent.

Police said Urbina and a friend, Cesar Diaz, were intoxicated when they were detained. Police seized a 9-mm revolver from the pair, and charged them with possession of a weapon without a license and misuse of a firearm.

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