Ruling delayed on motion to dismiss Hope Solo domestic assault case
A Kirkland, Wash., judge delayed ruling on a motion on Tuesday to dismiss U.S. women's national team goaltender Hope Solo's domestic assault case.
According to Chris Daniels of King5-TV in Seattle, the judge ordered the prosecution to turn over notes and the second deposition from the alleged victims. The judge reportedly also raised questions concerning whether one alleged victim was under the influence at the time of the incident.
Solo, 33, was charged in June with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly hitting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. In the motion to dismiss filed earlier this month, Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, said the nephew attacked Solo with a broomstick. Solo has denied the allegations, contending she "used lawful force" in defending herself from her nephew, who is 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds.
The City of Kirkland pushed for the denial of the motion to dismiss and claimed witnesses will testify to the victims' injuries. In response, Maybrown said that the alleged victims have changed their testimony and "hijacked" the case, preventing Solo from getting a fair trial.
Maybrown says alleged victim (Solo's nephew) has changed story, claims he is under medication, has been hospitalized.— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) December 30, 2014
Maybrown also claims Hope Solo's alleged victims have destroyed evidence.— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) December 30, 2014
U.S. Soccer has allowed Solo to remain an active member of the team throughout the legal proceedings, drawing widespread criticism. Former national team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden said in October that Solo should be benched, citing the death of her sister in a domestic violence and her status as the founder of a foundation that aims to serve children who have been involved in domestic violence cases.
In late October, Solo helped the USWNT to a championship at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament. The Cup will be held next summer in Canada.
Note: This post has been updated to correct an error. The judge raised questions about whether one of Solo's alleged victims was under the influence, not whether Solo herself was under the influence.
- Mike Fiammetta