Trial in Virginia for NFL quarterback Michael Vick on dogfighting charges has been delayed until next summer. The prosecutor in Surry County tells the Richmond “Times-Dispatch” Vick and three codefendants won’t be tried until after July 20th, 2009, when Vick is expected to be released from federal prison. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback is serving a 23-month term on his guilty plea to federal charges in a dogfighting case. He still faces two state charges in Virginia.
The prosecutor ways tiny Surry County cannot afford to transport Vick and his codefendants from their federal lockups. He also said the small courthouse in Surry isn’t equipped to handle the crush of reporters who would cover the trial. Vick’s Virginia trial was first slated for April 2nd, then rescheduled for today. Now, the trial will be sometime next summer, unless a plea bargain is struck. Vick avoided a federal trial and pled guilty to federal dogfighting allegations last August.