Seattle Seahawks linebacker could face July trial

June 11, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 2:35 p.m. June 11, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could stand trial in Issaquah Municipal Court next month for a domestic violence charge.

Hill faces a misdemeanor assault charge related to the April 10 incident. During a brief appearance Friday morning Hill stood alongside his attorney as the court set the date for another procedural hearing. Hill will appear again before Judge N. Scott Stewart on July 14. The court also set a readiness date of July 23, essentially a meeting for the parties to determine if a trial should proceed. If a trial proceeds, it would likely be held in the last week of July.

Issaquah police arrested Hill after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home. Officers said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill caused the injuries.

The domestic violence incident occurred less than a month after a Georgia judge sentenced Hill to 12 months probation for marijuana possession. The probation could be revoked because of the domestic violence charge.

Meanwhile, Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has not said whether Hill will stay on the team for the coming season. Hill has not been part of any off-season practices since the Issaquah arrest. He signed a six-year contract with the Seahawks last year.

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