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Attorney: Review of evidence in Tyreek Hill case over

Posted at 12:46 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 13:46:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An attorney representing Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill confirmed Friday that the criminal investigation into Hill is over.

Hill’s attorney, Trey Pettlon, told 41 Action News reporter Steven Dial that his understanding was the investigation had been closed “for some time now.”

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced in April that his office did not plan to file criminal charges against Hill, but said his office would review additional evidence if any surfaced.

A recording on a local TV station in April, one day after prosecutors said they believed abuse had occurred in Hill’s Overland Park home but that they could not press charges because it was unclear who committed the crime, seemed to indicate an additional review was needed.

In a May letter to the National Football League, Pettlon seemed to indicate the league – and the Johnson County District Attorney’s office – had obtained a copy of the recording.

In the recording, Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, tells Hill that when asked about an injury to their 3-year-old son’s arm, the boy replied: “Daddy did it.”

Espinal, who is pregnant with twins, also tells Hill their son is “terrified of you.”

Following the release of the recording, multiple media outlets reported the criminal investigation into Hill had been reopened, though the district attorney’s office told 41 Action News at the time there was no “re-opening” of the investigation.

Hill, who has denied the abuse allegations, remains suspended from all team-related activities.

An investigation through the Kansas Department for Children and Families remains ongoing, but records are generally sealed in family court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.