testify against Vick in dogfighting case
The other two co-defendants in
the dogfighting case involving Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick
submitted guilty pleas on Friday.
All three of the co-defendants in Michael Vick's
dogfighting case have submitted a guilty plea now. Tony Taylor
pleaded guilty last month and on Friday the other two
co-defendants, Quanis Phillips of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and
Purnell Peace of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to dogfighting
The two men also testified that Michael
Vick did take part in the killing of dogs which underperformed
in the fights and all of them "executed approximately eight dogs
that did not perform well in testing sessions," according to
court papers. Phillips and Peace also backed up Taylor's earlier
testimony that Michael Vick was the financial back-up of the
operation known as "Bad Newz Kennels". According to the
co-defendants in the case, all accusations on the 18 pages of
the indictment are true.
The latest testimonies increased the
pressure on Michal Vick to seek a plea deal with the
prosecution. A lawyer from Vick's legal team, however, confirmed
during an interview with the Atlanta radio station "V-103" that
no deal has been reached yet, and denied the rumours that his
lawyers are divided on whether a deal should be accepted or not.
According to the latest reports, if
Michael Vick fails to strike a deal with the prosecutors, he
could also face charges under RICO (Racketeering Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act), which could land him in prison for
up to 20 years.
The sentencing of Quanis Phillips and
Purnell Peace is scheduled for November 30th.
Published on 08/18/2007