A Virginia state court ruled that Michael Vick will go to trial on April 2 on state charges of involvement in dog fighting.
Vick was not present at the hearing. One of Vick’s attorneys, Billy Martin, stated previously that he would fight the state charges on the grounds that under a Virginia statute Vick could not be convicted twice for events that occurred out of the same set of circumstances.
After the hearing, Martin said, “I can’t tell you we’re fighting them, I can’t tell you we’re taking a plea deal. We’re going to look at this matter and give him some legal advice and that has not been decided yet.”
In other Vick-related news, Vick has agreed to set aside nearly $1 million for the long-term care of the dogs that were seized from his Surry County property.
Vick transfered $928,073, the amount estimated to care of his former dogs. The money will sit in the escrow account of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP, the Washington, D.C., law firm of Billy Martin, one of Vick’s attorneys, awaiting further orders from the court.