Leroy Hill won’t face felony charge
May 14, 2013
By Stacy Buell
The King County Prosecutor’s Office announced May 8 it did not find sufficient cause to charge former Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill with a felony after he was arrested in January on allegations of domestic violence.
Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Dan Donohoe said the case would now be referred to the city prosecutor in Issaquah for a decision on whether there will be a misdemeanor charge filed.
Hill played the past eight seasons with the Seahawks as a linebacker, but is now an unrestricted free agent and remains unsigned.
Officers responded to Hill’s Talus home along Cougar Ridge Drive Northwest at about 4 p.m. Jan. 29. Hill’s girlfriend, a 26-year-old Issaquah woman, said he had assaulted her numerous times since about 10:30 a.m. She told police he stood on her head and chest, struck her with a bottle of alcohol and punched her as many as 20 times.
She said Hill, 30, blocked the doorway, did not allow her to leave the home and took her cellphone, according to court documents. The woman escaped from the residence when he went to the bathroom.
Officers arrested Hill for domestic violence and assault.
Police requested emergency units to treat the woman’s injuries. Medics transported her to Swedish/Issaquah, where she was treated and released.
The arrest was more legal trouble for Hill, a third-round pick for the Seahawks in the 2005 NFL Draft.
In April 2010, Issaquah police arrested him for a domestic violence incident involving another woman.
Police said a dispute occurred between Hill and his then-girlfriend at his Talus home. Officers arrested Hill and booked him into Issaquah City Jail for fourth-degree assault related to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.
Hill later pleaded not guilty to the charge and, under conditions set by Issaquah Municipal Court in August 2010, Hill was required to complete treatment, possess no weapons and avoid breaking the law for the next 18 months.
However, in February 2012, Hill and the girlfriend involved in the Jan. 29 incident were arrested in Atlanta for possession of marijuana, but the charges against them were dropped after urine tests failed to detect drugs.
Hill had pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in Georgia less than a month before the April 2010 domestic violence incident.
NFL officials suspended Hill without pay from the 2010 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The Seattle Times contributed to this report.