The 911 calls from Hope Solo's home that led to Jerramy Stevens' domestic violence arrest have been released.
The altercation occurred on the eve of Solo and Stevens' wedding, and the calls were made by Solo's brother. Marcus Solo reportedly called 911 four times around 3 a.m. and told police that there was a fight, that alcohol was involved, and that medical attention was needed, the New England Sports Network reports.
There were eight people in the house at the time and Marcus refused to name who was responsible for the injuries, though he did say that a stun gun was used.
By the time police arrived, they found Hope Solo with a bloody elbow, an unnamed woman lying on the floor with a hip injury, and Marcus Solo with injuries to his head, eye, and knees, NESN reports.
Officers eventually found Stevens upstairs; authorities stated that he appeared to be hiding. In his defense, Stevens said that he was sleeping during the fight, but he was arrested anyway for fourth-degree domestic violence assault.
Stevens' incarceration did not last long, as he was released the very next day due to lack of evidence. That same day, Stevens and Solo got married.
With four 911 calls, you may be wondering why authorities dropped the case citing a lack of evidence. After all, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that emergency calls to 911 may be admitted into evidence when a victim is unable to testify. The rationale: 911 calls are designed to describe current circumstances, and the victim/caller is technically not "testifying" in the 911 call, according to Reuters. (That's significant because in general, introducing "testimony" at trial requires an opportunity to cross-examine the witness.)
The 2006 Supreme Court ruling was hailed as a victory for domestic violence victims, as prosecutors now had evidence against the alleged attacker even if the victim later decided not to testify.
However, despite four 911 calls, prosecutors may have had too little to pin on Jerramy Stevens, as the ex-football player was never specifically identified in the call as the culprit. And without the assistance of Hope Solo or her brother Marcus, prosecutors may have had no way to prove that Stevens was responsible for the injuries.
- Hope Solo 911 Call: Stun Gun! Booze! Blood! Fighting! (The Hollywood Gossip)
- Hope Solo Allegedly Assaulted; Jerramy Stevens Not Charged (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)
- Domestic Violence (FindLaw)