All charges dropped against Leroy Hill
August 20, 2013
By Peter Clark
City prosecutors said they would not file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against former Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill earlier this month, clearing him completely.
After being arrested in January on allegations of domestic violence, Hill faced felony charges of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. In May, the King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to pursue those charges and turned the case over to Issaquah prosecutors.
“In this case, there are several reasons why felony convictions would likely not be reached by a reasonable and objective fact finder…,” the county’s decline reads.
Specifically, the county’s decline said evidence of abuse and imprisonment did not corroborate the victim’s testimony. Additionally, the victim has prior convictions for conspiracy and making false statements to federal agents. The decline document stated that would provide additional challenges for a conviction.
Issaquah City Prosecutor Lynn Moberly said after weighing the case fully, she did not want to pursue misdemeanor charges against Hill.
“I considered long and hard about it, considering his history,” she said. “I’ve interviewed the victim and I’ve already told her we won’t be seeking charges.”
Moberly was referring to Hill’s history in April 2010, when Issaquah police arrested him for a domestic violence incident involving another woman. Hill pleaded not guilty to the charge, though opted to avoid a trial by completing court-ordered domestic violence treatment, possess no weapons and avoid breaking the law for the next 18 months.
Allen, Hansen & Maybrown, Hill’s attorneys, distributed a press release that highlighted the football player’s plea of not guilty in this year’s case.
“Hill has steadfastly maintained his innocence,” it reads. “At this time, he wants to put this unfortunate incident behind him, move on and continue with his NFL career.”
Hill played with the Sea-hawks for the past eight seasons and is currently a free agent who remains unsigned.