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Hill’s bail set at $150,000; he remains in custody

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 31, 2013 at 8:40 pm with 41 Comments »
January 31, 2013 8:40 pm

Leroy Hill had his bail hearing today in King County Superior Court. Hill waived his right to appear at the hearing, and his bail was set at $150,000.

Hill remained in King County Jail as of 5 p.m. today. The King County prosecutor’s office has until Friday to decide if they will pursue charges against the 30-year-old Seattle Seahawks linebacker.

Hill is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.

According to the probable cause report filed today, Hill is being held on domestic violence offenses of unlawful imprisonment and third degree assault.

According to the report, Hill’s girlfriend indicated that at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hill asked her for a set of keys, and then became angry because it took her some time to find the keys.

She said that he shoved her twice, the second time causing her to fall on the ground.

She then reported that Hill grabbed her by the wrists, picked her up off the ground and threw her across the room.

According to the report, she stated that Hill stood on her chest and head during the incident, making it difficult for her to breathe. Hill’s girlfriend also stated that she “thought she was going to die.”

According to the report, Hill struck her numerous times with a bottle of alcohol from which he was drinking. Hill’s girlfriend also stated that he struck her using a closed fist 15 to 20 times from 10:30 until the time she escaped to call police at 4:02 p.m.

Officers noticed bruising on the woman’s shins, and officers also remarked that her wrists and ankles were swollen.

The woman told police she was restrained from leaving his residence for most of the day, and had her cell phone taken by Hill. The statement also says Hill used a knife to cut up two of the woman’s purses and a pair of shoes.

Hill was interviewed by police, and said that his girlfriend assaulted him several times because of jealousy. Hill told police that she scratched him, and also had struck him in the arms with a small wood rod.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Holy cow. If any part of this is true, not only would she be marked up to bloody hell, but he’s going to see some time.

  2. WiscCory says:

    Like you said about smoke and fire. Regardless, what a jackass. We can assume that this chick isn’t completely innocent, however nothing would justify these alligations. The hawks should save face and cut this idiot now.

    What a sad and dark situation.

    Let’s stay focused on Russell Wilson, and the role model of the franchise. My 9 year old is going to know about Wilson, his father, and his work ethic. Stay focused on the positive.

    Leroy, wish you well, however this one is hard to get past. Perhaps the head trauma is keeping you from thinking clearly. Regardless, you need help.

    Danielle, your Leroy will make his own mark. Turn the page on Hill.

    Go Hawks!

  3. crunchmeister says:

    If any of that is true, it’s game over for Leroy.

  4. DanielleMND says:

    “Danielle, your Leroy will make his own mark. Turn the page on Hill.”

    Um, what? Seriously, I have no idea what that’s supposed to mean.

  5. DanielleMND says:

    I’m certainly not a defender of Hill, if that’s what you’re trying to say.

  6. Didn’t we go through this once befor.Everyone had Hill in jail,or on death row.Last time she told another story that he beat the hell out of her.I think she is lieing may be not all of the story the beating got to be BS.I just can’t believe if Hill hit someone 15 or 20 time they would be really messed up.

  7. princeaden says:

    Danielle, I think WiscCory was referring to a Heatherhawk comment from yesterday.

  8. DanielleMND says:

    jibo1, you make it sound like he was innocent last time, when in fact he simply avoided a trial by agreeing to stay out of trouble for a certain period of time and take a one year DV treatment program. Now we have a pattern. We should let the legal system do its thing, but he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.

  9. CDHawkFan says:

    I wonder if we can sign and trade Hill while in jail, throw in Flynn, all our 7th round picks and a half a pack of smokes for the #1 overall?

    Or maybe just bundle all of our 7th round picks with our 5th rounder to get the #1 overall?

  10. ryanryan says:

    @daniellemnd – with all due respect, the benefit of the doubt is his right.

  11. SirTopamHat says:

    So, Leroy hits her in head numberous times with a bottle of Alcohol which he was drinking from and there’s no cuts or bruises on her head……..hmmmmm

    And there’s no comment about spilled alcohol….hmmmmm…..

    And he (an NFL Linebacker) struck her 15 times with a closed fist, and there’s not 15 bruises…..and the only bruises on her shins….hmmmmm….

    Call me a fool, but I’m sensing some BS here. Prosecutor may be too..which is why its taking so long…

  12. DanielleMND says:

    “@daniellemnd – with all due respect, the benefit of the doubt is his right.”

    The presumption of innocence is a standard the legal system is held to, but private citizens discussing the case can give him as much or as little benefit of the doubt as they choose.

  13. DanielleMND says:

    “And he (an NFL Linebacker) struck her 15 times with a closed fist, and there’s not 15 bruises…”

    The police were hardly going to strip her to look for bruises under her clothing. Additional evidence will come from medical reports, and the prosecutor will have to weigh all the evidence available before deciding how to proceed. We’ll find out later today.

  14. edstang45 says:

    This really sucks having a seahawk in the news for this kind of crap. Really doesn’t matter if the woman is embellishing her story, Hill is not the victim. He’s a grown man. He has a history, he knows he’s under a microscope, he represents the Hawks!! Now he sit’s in Jail. Is he so dumb?? whatever actually transpired he knows where this kind of behavior is going to lead. Is this the same girlfriend?? They both must be stupid. Booze,fighting, cops….go away …it’s time to let the legal and mental health people have him. The Hawks and us fans don’t need it!! What a Punk

  15. Dukeshire says:

    SirTopHat – What Eric listed above is hardly the full police report. However, it’s probably wise to presume the truth lay somewhere between what she and Hill are each saying.

  16. CDHawkFan says:

    In all the times I have heard fans say its an issue, I now see a player confirming it (East Coast start times) plays a role;

    San Francisco TE D. Walker;

    Walker said he suspected time-zone issues played a role in Seattle and the 49ers falling behind in first halves of playoff road games at Atlanta.

    Seattle fell behind 20-0 following a 10 a.m. PT kickoff. The 49ers trailed 17-0 after kicking off at noon PT. Both teams rallied in the second halves.

    “It’s a big factor,” Walker said. “That is why we try to go to the city two days before, but you really can’t get adjusted when you ain’t used to it. With the Super Bowl, they give you a week to prepare in the city where you are going to play. They want the teams to be equally matched.”

    I wonder why the competition committee, or some West Coast owners don’t lobby to have more 4 pm East Coast time starts? I can’t think of a reason why they couldn’t accommodate the West Coast teams. Again, I think this is the first time I have seen a player/coach/organization openly complain about the disadvantage.

  17. WiscCory says:

    With this story, It’s sad to see how jealousy can overtake common sense.

    Prince – thanks for the correction. That “your Leroy” comment was indeed intended for Heather.

    Sorry about the confusion Danielle. Maybe I’m just in love with your name (my wife’s name is Danielle).

  18. montanamike2 says:

    Reminds me of my dysfunctional home town up in BC. An endless cycle where someone doesn’t learn until they’re doing time and even then….
    I’m not the size of Hill but if i punched someone once their face would cave in. Either way if you put yourself in bad situations, the first thing he should have done is get rid of the girl after the first incident. As stated before we still need to get another will.

  19. Jusjamn says:

    If he punched her 15 times, she would be in seriously bad shape. Sadly this reminds me of the Bengal receiver who ended up falling out of a truck and dying cuz he and his girlfriend were so volatile. Can’t fix dumb and can’t fix jealous.

  20. Southendzone says:

    Why can’t Leroy come up with the money to post bail here? He’s not even good for the 15k (I think you have to just come up with 10% to get bonded out)?

  21. Certainly not a good sign that they’re holding him in custody all this time. Agree that it’s weird he’s not coming up with bail.

    Can’t imagine this doesn’t spell the end of his time w/the Hawks.

  22. Saying he couldnt have hit her that many times because she wasnt covered in bruises is an incredibly stupid thing to say. Hill obviously has control issues, and I would doubt he hit her as hard as he could. Controlling people know how to inflict pain without leaving marks.

    My Aunts boyfriend used to beat the hell out of her, but was always careful to never leave a mark. She looked like a shrunken old woman when he was done with her, yet there was no bruising. Internal damage? God only knows.

    As far as alcohol bottles and hitting people with them, I got into a fight with a “friend” years ago who outweighed me by 50 lbs. He was trying to kill me, and I was losing. I grabbed a beer bottle and hit him a roundhouse to his face. It glanced off the side of his face and nose, and while it gave him a shiner, it didnt even crack the bottle and only made him madder. I got out of that one with only bruises and a shiner of my own. The point is, just because there wasnt a report of alcohol all over or broken glass doesnt mean an assault with a bottle didnt happne.

    You people who talk that bs dont know jack about DV, nor the psychology involved. Yes, its possible she embellished her story. Its also quite possible its worse than she’s letting on.

    The fact that Hill is still jailed on 150k bail IMO, is indicative that the Police and the prosecutor saw enough evidence to believe the womans story, at least in part, and that they believe Hill is dangerous.

    If only part of the story is true, the guys a sick asshole. Hitting a woman even once is absolutely inexcusable. And he’s done it before, and been found guilty.

    Whats funny is the ones crying Innocent Until Proven Guilty for Hill are often the ones automatically assuming the woman lied. How about innocent until proven guilty for her as well?

    Im not convinced he’s guilty of everything stated–victims often are so shook up the their memories are affected. And yeah, its completely possible she’s lying/embellishing. But given what we know right now, its pretty freakin’ farfetched to think the guy isnt violent and guilty of more than enough to land his butt in jail and end his career.

  23. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, again you’re repeating fallacies. He was NEVER convicted before. He took a continuance. Not a conviction. Get your facts straight. And why is it that only, “Hitting a woman even once is absolutely inexcusable.”? Isn’t it inexcusable to hit ANYONE, unless they assaulted you first or you are protecting someone else from physical harm? Or are woman special for some reason?

    I will agree that none of us should be making substantial conclusions from a partial police report, or a full report for that matter. We don’t know for sure what injuries she had. What he is charged with, if he is charged, will give some insight into this. Regardless of the severity of her injuries, it still has to be proven that HE caused them. I could cut my arm with a knife and say that you did it, but that doesn’t make it so. My guess would be that they both have mental health issues and are codependent. The fact that he is being held for 3rd degree assault suggests that the injuries were not substantial, as least in the opinion of the arresting officers. Maybe the prosecutor sees it differently after reviewing the hospital report. “Second degree assault is defined in Washington statutes as doing one of the following:

    Intentionally assaulting someone and inflicting substantial bodily harm
    Causing bodily harm to an unborn child by intentionally and unlawfully inflicting any injury on the mother
    Assaulting with a deadly weapon
    Administering poison with the intent to inflict bodily harm
    Assault while attempting to commit a felony
    Torturing by knowingly inflicting harm causing pain or agony
    Assaulting by strangulation.”

    And the fact that they are still holding him is because he hasn’t posted bail. Nothing else. That’s how bail works. The fact that bail was set at 150 K is suggestive of the severity of the alleged crime and his financial means.

    Lastly, can we stop we the talk of trading or cutting him? He signed a ONE year deal. He is going to be an UFA. He can’t be traded, and he isn’t on the team to be cut.

  24. bbnate420 says:

    WiscCory, I think it is a good thing that you mentioned the head trauma. Not that it would release him from responsibility if he did indeed assault her, but there is a link between brain damage and violent behavior. It has to do with impulse control. Again, I’m not saying that would remove him from any responsibility. There was a study that showed a link between a drop in academic performance in high school football players as the football season progressed, and I think it would be interesting to look to see if there is an increase in violent incidents among football players as the season wore on and in the few months after.

  25. bbnate–Never said he’d be traded. Obviously he cant be traded, and even if he could, for what?! a bag of chips?!

    Since you know so much regarding the legal system, you also are aware that prosecutor’s are usually if not always political animals, and thier reasons for prosecuting cases or not have little to do with guilt or innocence. I know youre not that naive.

    Yes, a man hitting a woman is far worse than a man hitting a man. In my opinion. Its inexcusable. Hitting another guy if youre a guy? Not necessarily inexcusable. You disagree, or are you simply stirring the pot?

    You make a very interesting point regarding head trauma. While I hate to offer up excuses for behavior like that, concussions and their affects are not well understood, but they are certainly in focus. Its certainly something that needs more investigation. On that account, you and I agree completely.

    And my earlier Tome of a post was not particularly aimed at you or your comments, but at others. Just so you know.

  26. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, the trading/cutting comment wasn’t directed at you. Other posters had suggested it. Not my entire post was. Only the first paragraph was really. Sorry if that was unclear.

    Yes, prosecutors are political animals, but I’m not sure that plays in Leroy’s favor. They are less likely to bring charges against a relatively anonymous person with money/a good lawyer, because they know it will be harder to get a conviction. It’s not like racking up convictions through the turnstiles that are Public Defenders. But with someone famous like Hill, they have to balance facing a better legal team versus the public pressure of people not wanting him to get off for just being famous. For example, if what Lynch’s lawyer said was true about the breathalyzer, I would bet that the charges would’ve been dropped by now if he was an anonymous person with a high priced lawyer.

    Lastly, no I don’t think that hitting a woman is automatically worse than hitting a man. Wasn’t said to incite. I’ve said it before. I don’t buy into that old notion that it’s okay for a woman to slap a man, but a man can never hit a woman regardless. Nobody should attack anyone else, man or woman except for the reasons I listed before. If someone’s big enough to step up and attack someone else, then they should be big enough to deal with the consequences. I don’t feel like I shouldn’t be able to defend myself just because it’s a woman. And it comes from an assumption that all men are big and strong and all women are small, weak, and have to be protected. It comes from an old chivalrous code where women had few rights, but were given courtesy’s like opening their doors for them. Is it okay for a man to hit a woman if she attacks him and is bigger than he is? Or is gender the only thing that matters?

    P.S. Personally, I wouldn’t just punch most women in the face if they attacked me, because I am a pretty big/strong guy and I might kill them. I would probably just grab their arms and push them off of me, although pushing can be assault. That doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be able to use any means necessary to defend myself though and end the threat. When you’re the one attacking someone, you shouldn’t feel entitled that they only push you or use force you deem necessary. That’s up to a point. I don’t mean that it’s okay to stomp away on someone’s head as they lay unconscious simply because they attacked you.

  27. “And the fact that they are still holding him is because he hasn’t posted bail. Nothing else. That’s how bail works. ”

    That’s true – but there are bail hearing where his atty argues for reduced bail or release on his own recognizance, which he’d get unless he’s a risk for flight (unlikely) or a threat to public safety. That’s what I was getting at in my note.

  28. edstang45 says:

    bbnate420 your lack of respect for women, has been shown previously with numerous remarks about other mens wives both here and mariner blogs, And yes hitting women is far less excusable than hitting any man. I don’t mean to be harsh but I was raised to respect all women at all times, and I won’t make any remarks about any mans wife. Thats off limits. If your dealing with a psycho then you walk away, every time, If you don’t or can’t then you have issues period. No man at anytime has the right or excuse to hit on women period, you need to learn that period

  29. bbnate420 says:

    pdway, that’s what I was saying too. I was saying the the amount the bail is set at has to do with the severity, not the fact that he hadn’t paid it yet.

  30. bbnate420 says:

    edstang45, the only period here is the one that you sound like you’re on, douche bag. I don’t need to think like you, grandpa. PERIOD! Comments about other men’s wives? Oh, the joking comment about making time for RW’s wife if he won’t. It was OBVIOUSLY a joke. It’s not my fault that you’re too retarded to see that. The comment about Josh Hamilton’s wife? First off, I apologized because it wasn’t the forum for the comment. I stand behind the sentiment. Secondly, the intent had nothing to do with her being a woman. Again you’re too much a retarded blowhard to understand that. It was referencing her BS claim, IMO, that Jesus would tell them where to sign. Just a coincidence that Jesus told them to go to a winning team that was offering the most money I guess. ;-)

    I bet I have more respect for women than you. You sound like a dinosaur from a bygone time that believes that women have to be protected like little china dolls. They can’t be responsible for their actions? If you think that no man ever has the right, any other circumstance, to hit a women that’s fine. It’s your BS opinion. PERIOD! I don’t buy it. Plenty of other people don’t either. You can keep your outdated, idiotic social mores to yourself. I don’t care what you think. Got it, douche bag?

  31. bbnate420 says:
  32. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, there you go. One of those old rants you miss. You’re welcome.

  33. bbnate–I meant that yeah, I think its worse for a guy to hit a woman than a guy to hit another guy. As far as a woman hitting a man goes, I fully understand DV happens that way too, far more than many people are aware. And it isnt always a big gal and a small guy; size has little to do with it. Either way, DV is wrong, period.

    And no, I dont agree that its dinosaur-like to believe that women should be treated with a certain respect reserved for them simply because they are women. I believe women are equal to men, but I do not believe the sexes are the same. Even in how our brains function we are different; women use different parts of their brain to do the same tasks as men, for instance. That doesnt mean they are weaker, just different.

    I believe a man should not hit a women, even if he has been struck, unless in defending himself he has no other option. I was raised this way, and it is one of the things I have not found cause to reject in forming my own code that I follow in my adult life.

    While I didnt care for edstangs response to you per se, I understand his frustration. It doesnt necessarily make him or me a dinosaur because we believe as we do, just as it doesnt necessarily make you someone who has more respect for women. And it doesnt mean him and I believe women arent responsible for their actions. I dont buy that logic, and I understand what you mean.

    Both of you guys should leave the insults and labeling out of your arguments. As it is, your positions are weakened by your failure to use language that isnt attacking. I was actually enjoying BBnate’s arguments before the last comment because he was sticking to outlining his position without attacking or insulting. So much for that…

    Regardless, we’ve gone pretty far down the rabbit hole. Probably a good idea to get back to football.

    We’re probably best agreeing to disagree on this one. At least we know where we stand.

  34. The average human head weighs 8 pounds.

  35. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, I had no problem with our exchange. It was a respectful exchange of ideas. It’s fine if you personally believe that you shouldn’t ever hit a woman. That’s your morals. I have a different view. There is no objective criteria to say one is better than the other. The law does agree with me though, at least the letter of it if not in practice unfortunately. You’re not supposed to hit ANYONE unless they hit you first or you are protecting another person from physical harm. I think that’s how it should be.

    And I even admitted that I probably would go easier on a woman that attacked me than a man, even if they were the same size. I would be less threatened by a woman attacking me than a man, even if they were the same size. That could be a mistake. I just don’t think I shouldn’t be able to hit a woman to defend myself. Like I said, if you’re big enough to step up and attack someone then you’re big enough to get smacked down. I don’t want to justify violence by either sex. Believing that it is okay for women to hit men is outmoded to me. That’s what I meant about him being a dinosaur. I was told that nonsense by my grandparents and others. I reject it.

    edstang45 did not want to have a respectful exchange of ideas. He wanted to insult me. Which is fine. I don’t really care, but don’t expect me not to return the favor. I would apologize if I thought I was wrong, like I have to you when I mistakenly thought you were being insulting and went off on a rant. I don’t think there’s any doubt he was being insulting. I don’t think I’m wrong here. I could’ve taken the high road and not responded, but I didn’t. It’s over as far as I’m concerned. I won’t say another thing to him unless he responds again.

    Lastly, I wasn’t saying that I am more respectful because I believe that it should be okay to hit them if defending oneself. I was just making a guess that I hold more progressive ideas about women. Just a guess and my opinion. Others may see it differently. This sort of chivalry does come from a time that women weren’t treated equally. Things like opening doors for them, walking on the outside of the street, etc. were part of a code that implicitly labels them as the weaker sex and not equal to a man. I can understand that many women want to be treated equally, as they should, but not give up the perks of this system. But that doesn’t make it right. Okay, I’ll get down off my soapbox now.

  36. bbnate–I do not think it is okay for a woman to hit a man. Not at all. You misunderstand. I dont think Edstang thinks that either, but he can speak for himself.

    And yeah, I thought edstang attacked you and was insulting. I said as much.

    Your guess that you are more progressive in your attitudes towards women is at best an opinion based on far too little information. I dont know you well enough to gauge your overall respect towards women.

    As for chivalry, I do not subscribe to the outmoded idea that women are the weaker sex in all respects (physical, mental, emotional etc), and I have my own complex code that I live by. When I open doors for women, etc (ie, act in a respectful, even chivalrous manner), I am not at all subscribing to the rest of the baggage that historically went along with it. I still dont like it when feminists get pissed over the door opening thing. Get a grip, I want to say, and stop putting people in boxes and labeling them from one action. I open doors for elderly men as well.

    No worries man.


  37. edstang45 says:

    Well I guess my last post was harsh, I don’t know you bbnate420, can just form a opinion by reading your post and I should keep it to myself regarding you personally. But I won’t back away from saying theres never a time that is ok to beat a women , in a movie of the week situation of having to defend yourself against a women well thats somethin else i guess. But that s pretty much fairytale aint it. Anyways Hill is still a dumbass and needs a therapist. Wait til ya got daughters and maybe you’ll see my point

  38. bbnate420 says:

    I don’t have daughters, but I have a mother, obviously, and a sister. That doesn’t have anything to do with it for me. You can think what you want about me. We don’t all have to like each other. I guess it might be a misunderstanding based on semantics. I never said that it was okay for a man to BEAT a woman. I don’t think it’s okay for ANYONE to beat anyone. My point is that woman shouldn’t expect that they can attack a man and not get hit back. No one has the right to attack others, man or woman. If you think a woman attacking a man is a fairytale, you haven’t watched the show cops or been to many bars I guess. Drunk women can get very violent. Add to that the fact that many women think a man won’t hit them and you’ve got the ingredients for an attack. I’ve never had it happen to me personally, but I have witnessed it many times. I’m pretty big and don’t start shit, so I have only had to fight at a bar once. Many DV situations aren’t one sided. My father is a clinical psychologist, has dealt with many DV situations in his practice, and would say the same. I’m not saying that it’s equal. Men are usually the stronger person in the relationship and are the ones capable of beating their partner. It’s just not always black and white.

    My sister was at a party and her friend and she got in a fight with some guy. I don’t remember the reason, but I’m sure it had to do with drunken stupidity. Anyways, he punched her hard, in the arm or stomach I believe. She said she would never try to fight a guy again. I think she thought he wouldn’t hit back and she didn’t realize how much stronger many men are. I’m not glad she got hit, but I’m glad she learned a good lesson without really getting hurt.

    STTBM, I wasn’t trying to suggest that you think it’s okay for women to hit men. We just have different opinions of what is an acceptable response in that situation. And that’s fine. I would respond like you would in 95+ % of those type of situations I would guess. I just wouldn’t refuse to hit a woman if some big ass amazon attacked me. I don’t think I should have to worry about the feelings of a person attacking me. It’s pretty simple with me, don’t attack me and you won’t get hit by me. Seems fair to me. And it is a guess that I’m more progressive about women. I said as much. I could definitely be wrong, but it’s something that is highly suggestive anyways. There’s no definitive way to say for sure, even if I knew him.

  39. bbnate420 says:

    *subjective, derrr

  40. HeatherHawk says:

    WiscCory – thanks , that’s nice. My Leroy just turned 1, so he’s got lots of time. Still, as if I didn’t have enough people wanting to sing “Bad bad Leroy Brown” when they find out his name…now they will probably sub out the lyrics to Hill.

  41. bbnate–Like I said, I dont have enough information to judge your progressiveness towards women, so it would be hard to compare the two of us in that regard. I consider myself quite progressive, in a lot of ways. I dont believe refusing to differentiate between the sexes in behavior is progressive at all, its reactionary. But you are certainly entitled to believe otherwise.

    Ive never been attacked by an amazon myself, so I cant be sure how I would respond. I know how I would hope to respond, but that is not the same thing.

    Nobody picks fights with big dudes. Big dudes are also automatically treated differently. But Im glad to hear youre not the type to throw your weight around.

    Have a good weekend.

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