Trial Date Set for State Dogfighting Charges

SUSSEX, Va. (AP) _ A judge has scheduled an April 2nd trial date for jailed Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on two state felony dogfighting charges.

Vick's lawyer, Lawrence Woodward, requested a jury trial during the 5-minute session today.

The suspended NFL star did NOT attend the hearing in Surry County Circuit Court. Vick is being held at a Warsaw, Virginia, jail after surrendering on November 19th to begin serving time for a federal dogfighting conspiracy conviction.

Vick faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced December 10th in the federal case.

The two state charges, beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs, and engaging in or promoting dogfighting, also are punishable by up to five years in prison each.

The court also set trial dates of March 5th for co-defendants Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace and a May 7th trial for Tony Taylor.

Vick's lawyers have indicated they will fight the state charges on the grounds he can't be convicted twice of the same crime.


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