Co-Defendant: Vick Helped Execute Dogs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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One of Michael Vick's alleged cohorts in a dogfighting enterprise says the Atlanta Falcons quarterback personally took part in the execution of about eight dogs -- some by drowning, some by hanging.

Purnell Peace signed a statement alleging Vick's role in the killings as part of his plea deal in the case.

Peace, along with Quanis Phillips, entered guilty pleas today in a Virginia courtroom on dogfighting charges. They have agreed to
cooperate in the government's case against Vick. A third defendant
pleaded guilty last month.

That leaves Vick on his own to cut a deal or face trial on federal charges.

With his NFL career in jeopardy and more possible charges in the
works, Vick and his lawyers have been talking with federal prosecutors about a possible plea agreement. One of Vick's lawyers
attended today's hearings.

The two defendants are backing the assertion that Vick was involved in gambling.

Statements by Peace and Phillips say that the dogfighting operating and gambling monies "were almost exclusively funded by Vick."

Any outcome that ties Vick to betting on the dogfights could trigger a lifetime ban from the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy.

Vick has also been linked to betting by a statement signed by Tony Taylor, who has also pleaded guilty, and in the July 17th indictment.

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