Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Hope Solo
A judge has dismissed domestic violence charges against U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, according to Chris Daniels of KING 5 News.
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 last month, Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, said the nephew attacked Solo with a broomstick. Solo has denied the allegations throughout the legal process, contending she "used lawful force" in defending herself from her nephew, who is 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds.
Solo was not present in court when the judge announced the decision, according to Daniels.
She had been scheduled to go on trial on Jan. 20.
According to Daniels, Kirkland judge Michael Lambo said that the case was "impermissibly prejudiced" by a lack of cooperation from witnesses, leading the judge to dismiss charges.
Throughout legal proceedings, Solo has continued to be an active member of the U.S. women's national team, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.
Solo, who plays professionally for Seattle Reign FC of the NWSL, has played in 152 matches with the U.S. women's national team.
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