Michael Vick will face charges related to dogfighting at a jury trial on April 2, and Purnell Peace will face a jury trial on March 5.
Vick faces one charge each of dogfighting and animal cruelty from a Surry County grand jury. He did not attend Tuesday's hearing, but his lawyers did.
Co-defendants Quanis Phillips, who did not request a jury trial, will go before the judge on March 5, and Tony Taylor will go before the judge on May 7.
Surry, population 7,119, has been in the national spotlight since a dogfighting ring was unearthed at Michael Vick's Surry County property after a search last April. Vick and the three others are charged for their involvement in the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting ring based in Surry County.
"I can't tell you we're fighting," Vick's attorney Billy Martin said as he left the courthouse on Tuesday. "I can't tell you we're accepting a plea deal."
Vick, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback from Newport News, is suspended from the NFL without pay. He pleaded guilty Aug. 27 to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge and currently is in the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va. Vick is due to be sentenced in the federal case Dec. 10.
Vick's plea agreement recommends a year to a year and a half in jail. If that's the case Dec. 10, his release date will be sometime between November 2008 and May 2009. The 2008-09 NFL season would be mostly over if Vick leaves jail in November 2008.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times