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Hope Solo domestic assault case still being investigated

4:26 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY Sports

The Kirkland (Wash.) police department said Wednesday that the domestic abuse case involving former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens and U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo is "an open investigation."

Though they appeared in court on Tuesday, the same day they were supposed to be married, a judge found no probable cause to keep Stevens in custody and released him. However, police officials have decided to continue their investigation. They will interview neighbors and attempt to re-interview witnesses, Lieutenant Mike Murray told USA TODAY Sports. With further evidence, police could refile the case, a process that could take several weeks.

Seattle Sports Radio KJR reported Solo and Stevens were married Tuesday night.

If the two are married, it could further complicate the investigation. "If the parties are not cooperating it's not ideal," Murray said. "We take domestic violence issues very seriously. We realize it doesn't get better."

Police responded to a disturbance call at 3:45 a.m. Monday morning involving a fight at a party, according to the police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports. Solo's brother, Marcus, said he used a stun gun on one of the unwanted guests at the party.

According to the police report, Hope Solo yelled "don't say anything to them, Marcus" at her brother several times when questioned by police.

Police found Stevens hiding on the floor between a wall and bed, according to the report. Stevens said he was sleeping, not hiding, and that he did not hear the fight.

Stevens had dried blood on his shirt and cheek and there were signs of a fight in the bedroom. Stevens said the blood on his face was from a kiss from Hope Solo, police said.

Based on Stevens' account that he had been arguing with Solo, the sign of an altercation in the bedroom, her injury and the blood on his shirt, police arrested Stevens on charges of fourth-degree domestic assault.

Stevens told the officer he and Solo had been fighting about whether they would live in Florida or Washington after their planned marriage on Tuesday, according to police. Court records show the two applied for a marriage license last Thursday.

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