Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill appeared in Issaquah municipal court Wednesday morning for a scheduled, pretrial hearing in front of Judge N. Scott Stewart. Hill faces a misdemeanor charge of assault for his role in a domestic dispute at his Issaquah home on April 10th.
Hill’s attorney, Jon Fox, submitted a motion asking for a continuance, which was granted. Another pretrial hearing has been scheduled for June 11th at 9 a.m.
According to a representative of the municipal court, a victim’s advocate that works for the prosecutor’s office asked on behalf of the victim that a no-contact order keeping Hill away from the victim be lifted. Hill’s attorney agreed with the request, but Judge Stewart determined that the no-contact order will remain in place.
Keeping a close eye on the matter on the other side of the country is Brian Fortner, solicitor-general for Douglas County, Ga.
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Hill had his second run-in with the law in just over a year in April, just 10 days after he received a sentence of 12 months probation for misdemeanor drug possession for a Jan. 24, 2009 incident in which he was found asleep at the wheel by police in suburban Atlanta with marijuana in his car.
Fortner said on Wednesday that if prosecutors in Issaquah move forward with their case against Hill, he will likely file a motion to revoke Hill's probation, which would include a hearing that would require Hill’s presence in court in Douglas County.
“I would say the odds are now that we are probably going to move forward to remove his probation,” Fortner said. “It doesn’t mater who you are, you need to be on your best behavior. That’s the reality.”
Fortner said he will continue to monitor the situation, talking with prosecutors in Issaquah to help make his decision.
“We’ve been in contact with them and we are expecting to hear from them this week to help determine exactly what we are going to do,” Fortner said. “It’s disappointing that he got that charge that soon, so he’s probably going to have to come here to Georgia to account for his behavior.”