Vick timeline in dogfighting case
April 25, 2007: Police serve the warrant in Surry, Va., the day after Michael Vick's cousin, Davon Boddie, was arrested on drug charges and listed the house as his address. The police and animal-control officers find 66 dogs - 55 of them pit bulls -- and what appears to be a dog-training complex of dark-painted buildings in the woods just behind the house, which is owned by Vick. Police obtain another warrant and seize the dogs and various items.
May 23, 2007: Investigators get a third search warrant, but prosecutor Gerald G. Poindexter decides not to execute it, saying he is worried the dogfighting warrants are tainted because the animal-control officers might have been overzealous in their searches.
June 7, 2007: Another search of Vick's property by more than a dozen representatives of the U.S. attorney's office in Richmond, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Virginia State Police. They execute a sealed federal search warrant.
July 2, 2007: Court documents are filed in which federal authorities allege that a dogfighting venture called Bad Newz Kennels had operated at the Vick property for the past five years. The U.S. attorney's office files papers seeking federal government ownership of about 53 pit bulls that were among the dogs seized from Vick's property.
July 6, 2007: Another search of the property by federal authorities, again seeking evidence of dogfighting in the form of animal remains.
July 17, 2007: Vick and three other men are indicted by a federal grand jury on dog fighting charges for activity over a six year period. Vick's name is mentioned 48 times in the 18-page indictment, which accuses Vick of breeding and training fighting dogs, hosting dogfights, killing dogs considered unable to fight and traveling out of state for dog fights. If convicted, Vick would face six years in prison and $350,000 in fines.
July 18, 2007: Arraignment set for July 26 in federal court in Richmond. That is the same day as Falcons' opening training camp.
July 19, 2007: Nike suspends the release of the latest product from the Michael Vick footwear line, "Air Zoom Vick Five". Vick items already on the market will not be recalled, Nike says.
July 20, 2007: On the same day protestors from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals line up outside NFL headquarters in New York City urging the league to "Sack Vick," reports say the league, the NFL Players Association and the Falcons are urging Vick to take paid leave for the 2007 season
July 23, 2007: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell orders Vick not to report to the Falcons' training camp until the league reviews the dog fighting charges, citing the league's conduct policy.
July 24, 2007: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank holds a news conference, saying he was prepared to give the maximum 4-day suspension to Vick before the NFL stepped in. He refuses to comment on Vick's future with the team, but calls the behavior "horrific."
July 26, 2007: Vick pleads not guilty in federal court in Richmond. He waived his right to a speedy trial. His trial date is set for Nov. 26.
July 27, 2007: Reebok, a Vick sponsor, stops selling NFL products related to Vick, including his No. 7 jersey replicas. Also, Upper Deck is pulled Vick trading cards from sets to be released this fall, and removed autographed Vick memorabilia from its online store. Rawlings Sporting Goods has also ended its relationship with the beleaguered player.
July 30, 2007: Co-defendant Tony Taylor pleads guilty to dog-fighting charges. Taylor also agrees to cooperate with the prosecution, including testifying at his co-defendants' trial. Also, Vick tells Atlanta radio station WVEE-FM he's put the Falcons through a lot but hopes he can play with the team again.
Aug. 17, 2007: Vick's other two co-defendants, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, plead guilty to dogfighting charges. They say they traveled with Vick to dogfights and described, in detail, "executing approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions" by hanging and drowning.
Aug. 20, 2007: Vick's lawyer, Billy Martin, says that Vick agrees to plead guilty to dogfighting charges.
Aug. 23, 2007: Vick signs plea agreement and statement of facts admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping kill pit bulls. He denied betting on the fights, only bankrolling them.
VICK SENTENCED TO 23 MONTHS
Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and three years' probation for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy. The suspended Falcons quarterback is looking at a scheduled release of July 2009. Story
Update• GM: Falcons will attempt to trade Vick
• Lawyer: Vick might move to halfway house
• Former Vick estate fails to sell again
• Vick house fails to sell at auction
• Vick files for bankruptcy protection
• Prosecutor: Vick's Virginia trial can wait
• Vick ordered to repay Canadian bank $2.4 million
• Judge denies NFL motion to reverse Vick ruling
• Report: Vick not playing organized football in jail
• Report: Vick passes time with prison-yard football
• Vick's state dogfighting trial to begin June 27
• Munson: Vick yet to enter drug treatment
The sentence• Vick sent to Kansas to serve rest of sentence
• Vick asked judge for leniency before sentencing
• Vick sentenced to 23 months | Document (pdf)
• Poll: What do you think? | What they're saying
• Clayton: Sentence puts career in jeopardy
• Munson: Tough sentence by displeased judge
• Teammates show support at Falcons game
• Can Vick return to playing in NFL?
• Pasquarelli: No longer top of mind in Atlanta
• Last Vick co-defendant sentenced
• Podcasts : Cossack | Schlereth | Munson/Naqi | Pasquarelli
• Chat wrap: David Cornwell
Post Plea• NFL wants court to reverse Vick bonus ruling
• Victory for Vick: QB can keep $20 million bonus
• Fifth defendant in Vick case receives probation
• Vick's house for sale for $1.1M
• Some Falcons to visit Vick in prison
• PETA unveils new e-card
• Former Virginia estate fails to sell at auction
• Out of Falcons' sight, almost out of mind
• Judge's casework offers look at possible sentence
• Remaining dogs placed with rescue groups
• Source: Feds may push judge to up sentence
• NFLPA argues Vick should not lose roster bonus
• Vick co-defendants get 18, 21 months in prison
• Vick agrees to put up almost $1M for dogs' care
• Vick given April trial date on state charges
• Vick surrenders to begin serving sentence early
• Home at center of Vick dogfighting scandal sold
• Vick fires one of his lawyers in dogfighting case
• Man who sold Vick pit bull pleads guilty
• Man connected to Vick dogfight ring pleads guilty
• Third bank sues Vick, claims he defaulted on loan
• Arbiter: Falcons have right to reclaim bonuses
• PETA: Vick had class on animal cruelty
• Evaluations show 48 of Vick's dogs placeable
• Vick tests positive for marijuana
• Vick supporters turn out for town meeting
• Vick's apology notes fetch $10.2K at auction
Vick's Plea/NFL Suspension• Vick pleads guilty to federal dogfighting charge
• The plea (PDF) | Statement of facts (PDF)
• Vick's statement: Watch it | Read it
• Roger Cossack explains plea deal
• Poll: Vick should be banned
• Va. Tech, Beamer continue to support Vick
• Vick supporters drown out protesters
• NFL suspends Vick indefinitely | Goodell (PDF)
• Chris Mortensen on Vick's suspension
• Vick files plea agreement admitting to dogfighting
Indictment• Marbury's about-face: Vick 'is 100 percent wrong'
• National NAACP: Vick 'not a victim' | Audio
• Atlanta NAACP: Vick should be allowed to return
• Falcons come to terms with 'ex-teammate'
• Vick timeline | What they're saying
• Helyar: Even Atlanta turns against Vick
• Goodell: Vick not overshadowing season
• Vick co-defendant pleads guilty to charges
• Tony Taylor: Summary of Facts | Plea agreement
• Hometown residents stand by Vick
• Falcons had planned to suspend Vick
• Commish tells Vick to avoid camp
• Vick indicted | The indictment (pdf) | Civil arrest warrant (pdf)
Town Hall meeting• Town Hall chat wrap: Chadiha
Previous columns/analysis• Munson: Q&A on Vick reporting to prison early
• Munson: Looking at Judge Hudson
• Vick's high school learning lessons
• Bryant: Confounded by race issue
• Munson: Q&A about local indictment
• Munson: Next focus for Vick is length of sentence
• Schlabach: Vick an afterthought on VT campus
• Chadiha: Vick not running from truth
• Hill: Coverage means bigger issues ignored
• Wojciechowski: Pay attention to the fallen star
• Bryant: Vick's plea deal comes with baggage
• Bryant: In failing Vick, NFLPA fails itself
• Munson: Vick plea means surrender
• Forde: Vick's epic fall
• Pasquarelli: Major blow for Falcons
• Chadiha: Lots of lessons to be learned
• Wojciechowski: Punishment with teeth
• Easterbrook: Little sympathy?
• Clayton: Vick's NFL future might be bleak
• E-Ticket: A history of mistrust
• Chadiha: Vick's bad choices