Michael Vick could face state dogfighting charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Looks like there's more legal trouble afoot for Michael Vick. The prosecutor in the Virginia county where Vick owns a home says he plans to bring evidence before a grand jury.

That information is expected to lead to an indictment on state charges of dogfighting.

Vick has already admitted to federal charges that he bankrolled a dogfighting operation at the property.

Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter tells The Associated Press that the matters that will make up the new indictment "have already been admitted in sworn statements" the defendants have made in their federal cases.

Poindexter didn't detail what the indictments would be, but says the local investigation and the federal probe largely focused on different crimes.

Efforts to reach Vick's lawyers were not immediately successful last night.

The Michael Vick case began in late April, when authorities conducting a drug investigation of Vick's cousin raided the NFL quarterback's property.

While there, they seized dozens of dogs and equipment commonly associated with dogfighting.

After a federal indictment was issued, Vick and three co-defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the case.

All are awaiting sentencing in federal court before the year is out. Vick faces up to five years in prison.

Meanwhile, Vick has been indefinitely suspended without pay by the NFL, and has been dropped by all of his major sponsors, including Nike.

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