The trial for soccer superstar Hope Solo is still set to go forward after a Kirkland Municipal Court judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss the charges against her.
Solo, the goalie for Seattle Reign FC, a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team and two-time Olympic gold medal winner, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault last year.
Police and city attorneys allege that Solo was at her older half-sister’s Kirkland house in June when she punched her 17-year-old nephew in the face and tackled him after the two argued and called each other names. Solo is also alleged to have attacked her sister when the teen’s mother tried to intervene.
Solo’s attorney, Todd Maybrown, has said Solo’s actions were made in self-defense and that her nephew had broken a broomstick over Solo’s head.
Maybrown filed a motion in December asking Judge Michael Lambo to dismiss the charges, saying that the two alleged victims had not cooperated in depositions, either by canceling or refusing to answer relevant questions. Among the questions Maybrown said the nephew refused to answer were those about Solo’s nephew’s medical history, drugs he is now taking and drugs he may have been taking at the time of the alleged assault.
Last month, Lambo postponed a decision on the motion, but ruled that the alleged victims had to be deposed and that prosecutors had to turn over their notes on the case to the defense.
In a brief filed before the hearing on Tuesday, Maybrown said the alleged victims had once again failed to show up for their most recent scheduled deposition.
Lambo ruled that the alleged victims had to be deposed on Thursday, but declined to dismiss the charges.
The court is scheduled to reconvene on Jan. 13 to determine what has transpired with the alleged victims’ depositions. A trial readiness hearing is scheduled for the following day and the trial is set to begin on Jan. 20.