Prosecutor hopes for plea deal in assault case for Seahawk Leroy Hill

August 10, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The city prosecutor and attorney for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill continue to discuss a possible plea deal to resolve the domestic violence case before a late August trial.

Issaquah City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly intends to seek intensive domestic violence treatment for Hill. Police said he attacked his girlfriend at his Talus home April 10, after she confronted him about seeing other women.

Hill, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge. The case had been set to go to trial in late July, but defense attorney Jon Fox requested the trial be postponed for a month.

“I’m hopeful we can resolve it without a trial,” Moberly said late last week.

Issaquah police requested a warrant late last month to search phone records to determine whether forbidden contact occurred between Hill and the girlfriend despite a court-issued no-contact order. Detectives also requested the warrant to determine whether witness tampering or intimidation took place.

Fox could not be reached for comment.

The case has been stymied as detectives had trouble reaching the woman and her mother. Police could not deliver a subpoena to the woman, despite multiple visits to her residence and her workplace. Investigators also attempted to contact her mother. The mother called 911, after her daughter fled upstairs and contacted her after the April incident.

“They should be on their way, because he’s already hit her and he’s hit her before and broken her computer,” the mother said in a 911 recording released by the Issaquah Police Department.

Hill also called 911. He told the dispatcher he and the girlfriend had broken up prior to the call.

“Me and my girl got in a fuss and I’m just trying to get her to leave my house,” he said.

The dispatcher remained on the line until officers arrived at the house, per standard procedure.

“How you doing tonight?” Hill asked the dispatcher as he waited.

“Oh, well, I’m awake,” she replied.

Hill has waived the right to a speedy trail. Unless Moberly and Fox reach a plea deal in the meantime, the jury call is set for Aug. 20.

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