Hope Solo had domestic violence charges against her dismissed in a suburban Seattle court on Tuesday after the soccer star's attorney convinced a judge she couldn't get a fair trial after the two alleged victims declined to be deposed.
Solo, who did not appear in court Tuesday, issued a statement saying she hoped the matter is now put to rest, but the Kirkland city attorney's office told the Seattle Times
that it plan to appeal the decision.
Todd Maybrown, Solo's attorney, had argued in December that he could not prepare a defense because Solo's nephew and half-sister refused to answer relevant questions during depositions and that charges should have never been filed, noted the Times.
"Today's decision brings closure to what has been one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of my life," Solo said in a statement posted on her Facebook page
. "I always had faith that once the facts of the case were presented, I would be cleared of all charges and I am so happy and relieved to finally have it all behind me.
"I look forward to joining my team with a clear mind to train, compete, and help bring a World Cup title to the U.S. in 2015," said Solo.
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
, the U.S. women's soccer goalie had faced two counts of fourth-degree assault from an alleged drunken attack on her half-sister and nephew on June 21 at their Kirkland home.
"The City of Kirkland takes domestic violence very seriously," the city attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times. "We do not agree with this ruling and will be filing an appeal of this decision."
Considered one of the top female goalies in the world, Solo helped the U.S. women's team to gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games, according to Biography.com
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