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November 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Hope Solo trial on domestic violence charges set for January


Hope Solo and husband Jerramy Stevens enter Kirkland Municipal Court Tuesday afternoon. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

A Kirkland Municipal Court judge on Tuesday set a January trial date for Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo on misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

The international soccer star was charged in June with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly hitting her half-sister and nephew.

During a brief court hearing, Judge Michael Lambo set a Jan. 20 trial date after Solo’s attorney, Todd Maybrown, successfully argued to have the alleged victims deposed with a court stenographer present. The alleged victims, Solo’s half-sister and nephew, had previously refused to be interviewed by Maybrown with a stenographer present.

Lambo scheduled Solo’s next court hearing for Jan. 6, with the trial set for two weeks later.

Charging documents say Solo was at a family gathering in her older sister’s Kirkland home on June 20 when the incident occurred. Solo’s teenage nephew told police his aunt was drinking and in a bad mood because her husband — former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens — had refused to take her to the airport to catch a flight, court documents say.

Court documents say the two-time Olympic gold medalist told her nephew he was “too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete.” The teen called Solo a name, told her to get out of the house and then walked to another part of the house, court documents say. Solo followed him and called him crazy, the document says.

When the teen told Solo that both she and her father were crazy, Solo charged him, punched him in the face and tackled him, the document alleges. When the teen’s mother tried to intervene, Solo attacked her as well, the document says. The teen tried to pull Solo off his mother and then broke a wooden broom over her head, the document says.

Court documents also say the 17-year-old “got an old gun that did not work” and pointed it at her in an attempt to get her to stop assaulting him and his mother and to leave. The handgun was ultimately determined by police to be a broken BB gun.

Solo, 33, pleaded not guilty to the gross-misdemeanor charges and was released from custody on personal recognizance.

Her attorney,  Maybrown, said at the time of the arrest that Solo was the victim.

Solo, long considered one of the best women’s goalkeepers in the world, married Stevens in 2012, hours after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting her.

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