A judge in Kirkland, Wash., on Tuesday delayed ruling on a motion that would dismiss Hope Solo’s domestic assault case. The court will hear the motion again next Tuesday, according to KING5-TV reporter Chris Daniels, who attended the hearing on Tuesday afternoon. Solo appeared in court on Tuesday alongside her attorney Todd Maybrown and husband Jerramy Stevens, according to and NPR’s Tom Banse.
Maybrown reportedly laid out multiple reasons for dismissal of the legal case that continues to create uncertainty about Solo’s status as a goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s World Cup soccer team next summer. Solo, who has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault in connection to a June 21 incident that involved her half-sister and her 17-year-old nephew, has maintained her innocence throughout the months-long legal process. In previous filings, the defense has even argued Solo was the victim in the incident that, according to a police affidavit, left Solo’s 6-foot-9, 280-pound nephew with a cut on his ear and scratch marks on this arms.
At Tuesday’s hearing Maybrown argued the state’s case should be dismissed because the alleged victims had failed to fully cooperate in the investigation. Maybrown argued the victims did not answer questions during the deposition and that their testimony changed over time, Daniels reports, adding Maybrown also questioned the medical status of Solo’s nephew.
Maybrown also questioned whether Solo, a high-profile athlete, could get a fair trial in the face of what the defense considers unusual behavior on the part of the alleged victims.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, reportedly argued that the alleged victims have been cooperative, meaning Solo’s motion should not apply. Kirkland prosecutors also accused Solo’s attorney of improperly presenting information about the alleged victims to the court, Daniels reports.
Prosecutors concluded that the case should go forth to trial, which had previously been scheduled for Jan. 20, according to NPR’s Tom Banse, also in court today.
The judge chose not to make a decision on Tuesday and instead asked for more information. In particular, Daniels reports, the judge ordered the prosecution to turn over their notes, as well as the second deposition given by the alleged victims. The judge also also requested the medical records of Solo’s nephew, noting concern that he might have been under the influence at the time, Daniels reports.
In the meantime, the USWNT has kept Solo as an active member of the team, despite heated debate about whether allowing her to play represents a double-standard in the changing face of American sports that has increasingly ostracized players accused of domestic violence. That debate is likely to continue until the Solo case is resolved, whether it be Jan. 6 (if the judge dismisses the case) or Jan 20 (if the case goes forth to trial).