Authorities Reportedly Find Link Between Slain North Carolina Man and Vick's "Bad Newz Kennels"

According to broadcast and print reports, including one in the Charlotte Observer, law enforcement officials have found a link between a North Carolina man found shot to death in his home in April and the "Bad Newz Kennels" of suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

A friend reportedly found the body of 38-year-old pit bull breeder Roy Thomas Melton in Catawba County, N.C., in mid-April. Authorities found 30 pit bulls at the home and euthanized them, according to the reports. They reportedly also found paperwork linking Melton to the Bad Newz Kennels, the name of the dog breeding operation under which Vick and his associates also ran the dogfighting ring in Virginia detailed in the charges brought against them by federal prosecutors.

The reports do not cite any indication of a link between any of Vick's associates and Melton's death, which reportedly remains unsolved.

Vick is on indefinite suspension by the NFL and is awaiting sentencing in December after pleading guilty in federal court in Richmond to a conspiracy charge related to dogfighting.

By Mark Maske |  September 20, 2007; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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