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Hope Solo to Face Domestic Violence Charges Again After Appeal

This second go-around might not look so promising for Solo.

Hope Solo's domestic violence trial will see new life after a Washington state appeals court reversed the decision of a lower court today, ESPN reports. Initially charged for two counts of domestic violence in the fourth degree, Solo's case was dismissed on procedural grounds. But the issue of whether or not she beat up her half sister and nephew remain unresolved, and the new trial just might bring that to light.


The incident in question occurred in June of 2014 at the Seattle area home of her half sister, Teresa Obert, and led Obert's son to call 911. According to ESPN, when Solo was initially questioned by the responding officers, she claimed that she was the victim of abuse. The accounts of her Obert and her son, however, contradicted Solo's statements.

"She grabbed him by the head and she kept slamming him into the cement over and over again," Obert later told ESPN's Outside the Lines. "So I came from behind her, and I pulled her over and, you know, to get her off my son. And then, once she got off, she started punching me in the face over and over again."

Solo, who appeared intoxicated, according to police, was restrained while in custody and was said to have yelled at an officer, "You're such a bitch. You're scared of me because you know that if the handcuffs were off, I'd kick your ass."

Solo has denied any wrongdoing.

While an attempt to claim procedural errors in a trial does not indicate any measure of guilt, it certainly was a convenient way to skirt the issue. Accordingly, in an uncommon move, city prosecutors immediately appealed the judge's dismissal. No date has been set for the retrial yet, and it seems like this second go-around, prosecutors won't be dismissed on account of lack of evidence.