Vick Scheduled for April Trial

SUSSEX, Va. (AP) _ Michael Vick is scheduled for a jury trial on
Virginia dogfighting charges April 2nd. But his lead attorney
leaves open the possibility of a plea agreement.
The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback pleaded guilty to a
federal dogfighting conspiracy charge in August and voluntarily
reported to jail last week. He will not be formally sentenced until
December 10th.
He was not in a courtroom today when Surry County Circuit Judge
Samuel Campbell set Vick's trial date during a five-minute
consultation with lawyers.
Vick's lawyers previously indicated they will fight the state
charges on the grounds he can't be convicted twice of the same
Vick faces up to five years in prison for his federal
conviction. 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.
Vick also has agreed to a federal prosecutors' demand that he
set aside about $928,000 for the care of pit bulls seized from the
dogfighting operation.
Prosecutors last week filed court papers seeking a freeze on
money. They said they were concerned about Vick's ``deteriorating
financial condition.'' Several creditors are suing Vick for more
than five million dollars, and an arbitrator has ruled he should
repay the Falcons nearly 20 million in bonus money.

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