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December 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Hope Solo seeks dismissal of domestic-violence case

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Hope Solo and husband Jerramy Stevens shown in Kirkland Municipal Court during a hearing last month. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

The lawyer for Hope Solo is asking that the domestic-violence charge filed against the Seattle Reign goalkeeper be dismissed.

Attorney Todd Maybrown, in a court filing submitted Wednesday in Kirkland Municipal Court, said his client has “been seriously prejudiced” by the two alleged victims in the case, who have not been available for depositions.

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. She has denied the charge and contends that she “used lawful force” when defending herself against her 17-year-old nephew, who is 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds, Maybrown wrote in the court filing.

The man, Maybrown wrote, attacked Solo with “a broom stick handle” and “repeatedly” hit her over the head with it. Maybrown alleges the man used “such great force during these blows that he broke the stick in half.”

While Maybrown said he’s confident in their defense at trial, actually preparing for trial in January is nearly impossible because her nephew and half-sister have not been cooperative with Solo’s legal team.

Maybrown said “the defense has been thwarted in these efforts and no interview and/or deposition has been completed.”

“Such a dismissal is consistent with the interests of justice,” Maybrown wrote in the filing. “Over the last several months, I have made countless attempts to schedule defense interviews and/or depositions.”

If the judge does not dismiss the case, the court should “at a minimum” not allow the alleged victims to testify in court, he wrote.

Her trial is set for Jan. 20.

Charging documents say Solo was at a family gathering in her older sister’s Kirkland home June 20 when the incident occurred. Solo’s nephew told police Solo 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 broomstick 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.

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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