A top prospect for the San Francisco Giants has been charged with murder in the death of a 25-year-old man last weekend at a bar in his Caribbean homeland.

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Angel Villalona, who was signed by the Giants in 2006 and received a club-record $2.1 million bonus, wore a bulletproof vest Monday to his hearing at a court in the city of La Romana. He pleaded innocent to the murder charge.
The 19-year-old Villalona could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty in the Saturday night shooting death of Mario Felix de Jesus Velete.
Judge Aranibal Manzano Zapata ordered Villalona jailed for two months while authorities prepare their case in the Dominican Republic.

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Posted: 9/22/09 2:00PM ET