Conclusion May Be Near In Local Portion of Vick Case


The case that just won’t go away may finally be drawing to somewhat of a conclusion, as a report says that the local investigation in the Michael Vick case may be coming to close.  Tuesday’s “The Virginian-Pilot” is reporting that the investigation into dog fighting on Vick’s property should be wrapped up by the end of the week.  The Sheriff in the case has been trying to reach one last witness, and once that takes place the case may finally move on from there.

The county’s grand jury is set to meet on July 24th and they may at that time review evidence and issue any possible charges against Vick.  The case has dragged on since April, when it was discovered that there was signs of a dog fighting operation being held on Vick’s property in Surry County, VA.  Since then, there have been rumors of what may happen and what charges Vick may face once everything comes to light.  Vick has claimed since day one that he has nothing to do with anything that went on at the home, and that he was never there and let his cousin live there.

Speaking of the cousin, he was in court Monday, and waived his prelim hearing on a marijuana possession charge.  He’ll be back for a hearing on July 30th.  The cousin has also been trying to do damage control for Vick, saying what a great person he is and trying to deflect any negative press away from him.  Too little, too late. 

The Feds are also doing their own investigation into the case, and have taken custody of some of the dogs and have been on the property more than once trying to piece together what was going on there.  A search in April found more than 50 pit bulls and dog fighting items on the property.

The question still comes down to what will happen with Vick, and what effect will it have on the Atlanta Falcons.  While owner Arthur Blank has in the past always been in Vick’s corner, lately there have been stories about the owner having some doubts about Vick, as well as if his mega-contract can in someways be voided if he is charged and misses playing time.

In the end I still think Vick will skate from any serious charges that may come down the pike on this case.  It has taken authorities already about 4 months just to get things close to wraped up at Vick’s home.  By the time they get around to charging anyone, it’s going to be the end of the 2007 season.  Mark it down, Vick will get off here, case closed.                       

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