Hope Solo, who helped lead the U.S. national women's soccer team to a World Cup title this summer, is facing domestic violence charges again after a Washington state court reinstated a previously dismissed case against her, according to the Seattle Times
The charges were reinstated by King County Superior Court Judge Douglass North on Friday, the day after Solo was in goal when her Seattle Reign lost 1-0 to FC Kansas City for the National Women's Soccer League title, wrote the newspaper.
City attorney told North that the Kirkland Municipal Court made a mistake in dismissing Solo's two fourth-degree assault charges in June 2014 for striking and punching her nephew and half-sister, noted the Times.
"We are shocked and disappointed by the judge's ruling this morning," Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, told the Times in a statement. "However, we maintain our position that the charges in this case should have never been filed, that the original trial court's dismissal of the case was correct, and we plan to file an appeal of today's decision with the Court of Appeals."
Solo's half-sister Teresa Obert declined to comment about the King County court's decision, wrote ESPN
Obert described in detail to ESPN's news magazine "Outside the Lines" how Solo attacked her and her 17-year-old son during a family gathering last year. Police were called and Solo was arrested and taken to jail, reported ESPN.
"She grabbed him by the head and she kept slamming him into the cement over and over again," Obert told "Outside the Lines." "So I came from behind her, and I pulled her over and, you know, to get her off my son. And then, once she got off, she started punching me in the face over and over again."
Solo claimed that she was actually the victim in the incident, defending herself against her nephew who she described as 6-foot-9 and weighing 270, according to ESPN.
A municipal court judge dismissed the charges against Solo on Jan. 13, citing the failure of prosecution witnesses to cooperate in depositions, reported ESPN. The sports network wrote that the Oberts appeared at one deposition but missed several appointments for a second.
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