Surry County Indicts Vick On Dog Fighting Charges

VickA Surry County grand jury has indicted Michael Vick and his three co-defendants with state charges related to dog fighting.

Vick is charged with one count of beating, killing or causing dogs to fight, and one count of engaging in or promoting dog fighting.

His three co-defendants, Quanis Phillips, Purnell Peace and Tony Taylor, were indicted on similar local charges.

The charges are class six felonies punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.

The Surry County grand jury did not indict Vick and two of the co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty. This would have been punishable up to 40 years in prison if they were convicted.

Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter issued this written statement: “These are serious charges and we can assure you that this grand jury was not driven by racial prejudice, their affection or lack of affection for professional athletes, or the influence of animal rights activists and the attendant publicity. The grand jury represents the conscience of the good people of Surry County.”

He asked that the four men be arraigned on October 3 and that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

A Norfolk defense attorney said he was “befuddled” when he learned the grand jury did not indict Vick and the three other men on animal cruelty charges.

“There’s something going on here that I don’t understand. The grand jury is generally regarded by defense attorneys as a rubber stamp,” he said.

Source: The Virginian Pilot, Yahoo Sports

(Thanks menusux and straybaby)

13 Responses to “Surry County Indicts Vick On Dog Fighting Charges”

  1. straybaby says:

    a repeat of my comments from earlier:

    for some F***ING reason they passed on the cruelty charges!!! WTF?!

    “A defense attorney who was at the courthouse Tuesday said he was “befuddled” when he learned the grand jury had passed on indicting Vick and the others on animal cruelty charges.

    “There’s something going on here that I don’t understand,” said Joe Pennington, a Norfolk defense attorney who was at the courthouse. ”

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/ne…..;type=lgns

    why only one count on the 2 charges also?

  2. Lynn says:

    My GUESS is that they feel they can’t prove that Vick himself inflicted cruelty.

    Could be they’re saving best for last. Probably better to prosecute for a few charges at a time so as not to leave the door open wide for a complete defeat. Just a guess.

  3. straybaby says:

    but he signed statements that said he killed 6-8 dogs. maybe they’re saving the threat of more charges as a bargaining chip? i hope it’s something or he’s getting off light on the charges considering what he’s signed. admitting he did it shouldn’t give him a pass . . .

  4. expat says:

    “There’s something going on here that I don’t understand,” said Joe Pennington, a Norfolk defense attorney who was at the courthouse. ”

    Translation: they’re looking out for the local boy. This is a rural county with a small population almost evenly divided between black and white and with virtually no Hispanics or Asians. Looks like the profile for a close -knit Southern community in a time warp.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....,_Virginia
    (…)
    The Virginian-Pilot noted that county officials and the 7,000 residents “aren’t used to much attention from outsiders. They mostly live among farm fields and along rural lanes.”
    (…)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ohh,…he looks so sad…poor little Vick.

    GIVE HIM 7 to LIFE!! I dont feel sorry for the S**!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Once again,..it’s a race issue. OJ all over again!!!!!

  7. nora says:

    HOW DO YOU NOT GET CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY ON THIS!!!!! THE GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF CRUELTY! THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF BADY ABUSED DEAD BODIES OF DOGS. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. Some day, somewhere, Vic will get what is coming to him and he will physically suffer like those poor dogs. Karma is a bitch. Sic em Karma.

  8. Lynn says:

    Oh, puh-leeze, “Anonymous”; get the facts and you’ll see it’s not a race issue at all. [Or were you being facetious?]

    Yeah, Karma.

  9. Sharon says:

    Since when is torturing and killing animals not animal cruelty?

    I hope every member of that grand jury pays in some heinous way. Again, the people of the South show themselves to be ignorant and without conscience.

  10. Nancy says:

    Sharon,

    “Again, the people of the South show themselves to be ignorant and without conscience.”

    I resent that remark. I am from the south, I live in the south. I am also a pet owner that is in no way on the level of Michael Vick. I don’t know where you are from but it does not matter. You are generalizing a large group of people for no reason. Do not associate the vast majority of us, who do not condone what he has done, with Michael Vick.

    The real issue is dogfighting, and to see that justice is served for the animals that had to endure what Michael Vick and his cohorts put them through.

  11. Underdog says:

    “The Surry County grand jury did not indict Vick and two of the co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty.”

    WHAT?????? He ADMITTED to killing dogs, and it’s been DOCUMENTED that the dogs were murdered in the cruelest ways possible! What on earth is wrong with these people! Were these jurors among the recipients of his great shoe giveaway, perhaps?

    Their decision is beyond moronic, and it certainly is a sad indictment of human morals, compassion, and intelligence. One has to ask: What’s in it for them, and how can they sleep at night?

  12. Dee says:

    Torture, beating and electricuting, How could anyone not interpret that as animal cruelty. Must be a pay-off somewhere. (”There’s something going on around here, that I don’t understand.”)

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