Michael Vick is not the only Atlanta Falcons football player that is in legal trouble involving cruelty to dogs.
A felony animal-cruelty case that was brought against Falcons’ defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux several months ago is still going through legal proceedings. In February, Gwinnett County Police arrested and charged Babineaux in connection with the death of Kilo, a pit bull-mix owned by his girlfriend.
Officials say that Babineaux killed the dog. Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the results of the necropsy are inconsistent with statements made by Babineaux about what happened to the pit bull mix.
Babineaux’s girlfriend, Blair Anderson, said she and Babineaux had an argument on February 18. She said that Babineaux later told her to check on her dog. Anderson told the authorities that she found Kilo, her dog, in “severe physical distress”. She rushed him to an emergency animal hospital.
The animal hospital officials called authorities after Kilo was pronounced dead. They said that tests showed that Kilo had died because of a blunt force trauma to the head.
District Attorney Danny Porter of Gwinnett County said authorities have recently sent the dog’s body to an expert to ask him to re-examine it in the presence of an expert witness for the defense. They are in the process of refining the expert opinion.
Babineaux was released from jail on $2,300 bond shortly after his arrest. He denied harming Kilo.
He also has said very little about his case. Babineaux briefly said that “it is in my lawyer’s hands”. He just wants to worry about football and will address the media when the time comes.
Babineaux is projected to start the season with the Atlanta Falcons, but he will face the possibility of a suspension if he is convicted of the animal cruelty charge.