The trial for former Seahawk offensive lineman Chad Wheeler, who faces three charges relating to a domestic violence case, which had been set to begin June 1 has been moved back to Aug. 26.
A King County spokesman said Tuesday a case setting hearing has been set for July 15 by agreement of the parties, with a new trial date of Aug. 26. However, that could change depending on if other dates in the process have to change along the way, as well. An omnibus hearing is also set for July 29.
The case setting hearing provides the judge information about the status of the case — the exchange of information (discovery) and establishing future court dates. A more specific timeline — including a finalizing of the trial start date — could be determined by the parties at or shortly after the case setting hearing, according to a spokesman.
This is the second time the date has been moved. It had originally been set for April 6.
But a statement from the court Tuesday afternoon stated that “King County Superior Court determined that a trial date had to be set at arraignment. However, it is common for case setting dates to change in all types of cases — the change is not unique to Wheeler’s case — and because initial trial dates are now set at the arraignment, anytime there is a change to the hearings prior to a trial start, the trial date also moves back.”
The trial will be held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Wheeler is not required to attend any dates until the trial begins.
Wheeler, who was a backup offensive tackle for the Seahawks in 2019 and 2020 but has since been waived, was arrested on Jan. 23 in Kent on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend and later released from jail on $400,000 bond.
He faces charges of first-degree assault domestic violence, a Class A felony, unlawful imprisonment domestic violence and resisting arrest. Wheeler pleaded not guilty to the charges in February.
Wheeler was on Seattle’s roster for part of the 2019 season and all of 2020, playing in five games for the Seahawks in a reserve role in 2020.
He has not been signed by any NFL team since being waived by the Seahawks on Jan. 27.
Clarification: A previous version of this story referenced July 22 as the start of the trial, as listed in court documents obtained from King County. This story has been updated as more information regarding the trial has come out.