Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill faces assault trial next week

July 21, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:50 p.m. July 21, 2010

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill returned Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Issaquah resident Hill, 27, returns court Friday. The trial for the misdemeanor assault charge he faces could start next week, and last two days.

The assault charge stems from a late-night incident April 10.

Issaquah police arrested Hill after a domestic violence incident at his Talus home, after authorities said he attacked his girlfriend. Police said the woman had marks and injuries consistent with assault; she told police Hill had caused the injuries.

But reaching her has been difficult for City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly and police officers, Moberly said Wednesday.

The prosecutor said she “put the defense on notice” for the woman’s “failure to respond to me, to the police department, to numerous phone calls to her home, to her mother’s home, to her workplace, visits by the police department to her workplace.”

Hill and attorney Jon Fox appeared in court for the brief hearing. Delays pushed the hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. until after 3 p.m.

NFL officials suspended Hill without pay from the Sept. 4 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers for violating the league substance-abuse policy. Hill pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in Georgia less than a month before the Issaquah incident.

Seahawks training camp starts July 31.

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