Soccer star Hope Solo loses bid to have domestic violence trial canceled
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Hope Solo, Seattle's star goalie who led the U.S. soccer team to the Women's World Cup title last year, has lost her latest bid to have domestic violence charges against her thrown out and her trial canceled.
The charges were reinstated last October after a state appeals court reversed a lower court's dismissal of the 2014 case, in which she allegedly beat up her nephew and half-sister.
Solo initially was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence after the June 2014 incident at the home of her half-sister, Teresa L. Obert. Solo told responding officers that she was the victim, but after interviews with all parties, charges were filed against her.
Later, as the case was nearing trial in January, a Kirkland Municipal Court judge dismissed the charges on procedural grounds after witnesses for the prosecution refused multiple times to be interviewed or deposed by the defense despite numerous attempts and a court order, said her attorney Todd Maybrown.
The municipal court judge also noted that the prosecution had added four new potential witnesses only days before the trial was scheduled to start.
Solo, who is referred to in court documents as Hope Stevens, also maintained that she was lawfully defending herself during the altercation when she was attacked by her much-larger 17-year-old nephew, who stands 6-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 280 pounds.
City prosecutors, in a rare move, immediately appealed the decision and their request was granted by the higher court.
Solo then asked for a discretionary review of the decision to reinstate charges, alleging government misconduct in how the case was handled, but that request was denied by the state appeals court.
No trial date has been set, and it was not immediately clear if Solo intends to appeal the latest decision to the state Supreme Court.
The incident unfolded June 21, 2014, during a family gathering in Kirkland. Solo was taken into custody and charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. One count was for allegedly assaulting the nephew, the other was for allegedly assaulting her sister, Teresa L. Obert.
ESPN later reported that it had obtained legal documents saying that Solo had been drinking when she arrived at Obert's home, and was the aggressor in the altercation, including slamming the teenager's head into the floor.
The report also says that Solo was so combative after her arrest that she had to be forced to the ground by police and that she insulted officers.
Solo, 33, has won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women's national soccer team and plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.
Solo also has appeared on TV's "Dancing With the Stars" and in ESPN's The Body Issue, which features photos of naked athletes.