Virginia Prosecutor Indicates He Will Present Evidence to Grand Jury Today in Vick Case
A Virginia prosecutor said he plans to present evidence to a grand jury today, seeking indictments of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his co-defendants on state charges related to their admitted operation of a dogfighting ring.
Gerald Poindexter, the commonwealth attorney for Surry County, Va., told the Associated Press that he will "present a host of bills of indictment" to the grand jury and "most of the matters that I'm presenting have already been admitted in sworn statements authored by the defendants in the federal proceedings."
Poindexter previously had said that he might wait until Vick and his co-defendants were sentenced by a federal judge before pursuing state charges so that he might have access to the evidence gathered by federal investigators. County officials had conducted their own investigation.
Vick is to be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge related to the operation of a dogfighting ring out of a home that he owned in southeastern Virginia. Vick is facing a recommended federal prison sentence of 12 to 18 months, but U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson could sentence him to up to five years in jail. Co-defendants Purnell Peace, Tony Taylor and Quanis Phillips also pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges. The federal case against Vick and his associates did not preclude state charges for the underlying crimes, such as animal cruelty.
The NFL suspended Vick indefinitely after he entered his guilty plea in the federal case.
By Mark Maske |
September 25, 2007; 9:51 AM ET
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