Vick's State Trial Scheduled for April

A judge set an April 2 trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges.

Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick's attorneys, requested a jury trial during a five-minute hearing today in Sussex, Va.

Vick is jailed as he awaits sentencing by a federal judge after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in southeastern Virginia. He is facing a recommended federal jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, but could be sentenced to up to five years in prison by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson on Dec. 10. He voluntarily surrendered three weeks early to begin serving his jail term.

Vick's attorneys have maintained that the state charges represent a violation of Vick's rights by charging him twice for the same conduct. He faces up to 10 years in prison for two state felonies.

By Mark Maske |  November 27, 2007; 11:54 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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