No Recent Evidence Review in Vick Case


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that authorities in Surry County, VA, investigating animal cruelty and dogfighting allegations at a home owned by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have not held a second evidence review according to the office of the prosecutor.  Surry County sheriff Harold Brown, Commonwealth attorney Gerald Poindexter and other investigators said earlier this month they planned to review new and existing evidence. However, there has been no evidence review since federal authorities launched their investigation back on June 8.

Local investigators have not gathered any additional evidence from the property after federal investigators, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, searched the property based on their own search warrant.  Poindexter’s office did not disclose if local, state and federal agents are working jointly after initially staging dual investigations.  Shortly after federal agents collected evidence from the property owned by Vick, Brown and Poindexter left open the possibility of a joint investigation.

There was an initial review of evidence discovered in a late-April police raid, in which 66 dogs, mainly pit bulls, and other items allegedly related to dogfighting were discovered.  At that time, Poindexter declined to move forward with charges against Vick or anyone else in the case.  After the initial raid on his property, which stemmed from the drug-related arrest of his cousin Devon Boddie, Vick denied any involvement of wrongdoing at the property.  He has declined comment on the investigation since then, citing the advice of his legal representation.

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