Seahawks linebacker could face trial next month
June 15, 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 incident. During a brief appearance June 11, Hill stood alongside his attorney as the court set the date for another procedural hearing. Hill, 27, will appear again before Judge N. Scott Stewart on July 14.
The court also set July 23 as a readiness date — a meeting of the parties to determine if a trial should occur. The trial could begin the following week. Hill has pleaded not guilty.
Meanwhile, Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has not said whether Hill will stay on the team for the coming season. Hill had not been part of any off-season practices since the Issaquah arrest, but rejoined the workouts June 14. The team starts training camp July 31.
Issaquah police arrested Hill after a late-night domestic incident at his Talus home April 10. 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 if the domestic violence charge proceeds.