RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Michael Vick's remaining two co-defendants
in a federal dogfighting case today scheduled hearings to enter
Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips will appear in federal court
in Richmond on Thursday and Friday.
Another of Vick's original co-defendants, Tony Taylor, pleaded
guilty July 30th to his role in a dogfighting conspiracy he says
was financed almost entirely by the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.
As part of a plea agreement, Taylor pledged to fully cooperate
with the government in its prosecution of Vick, Peace and Phillips.
They were accused of running an interstate dogfighting enterprise
known as "Bad Newz Kennels" on Vick's property in rural Surry
Collins R. Spencer III, a spokesman for Vick's defense team,
said the lawyers were surprised by the plea deals.
He said the pleas will not affect the way they proceed with the
case when Vick's trial begins on November 26th.
He also said the lawyers assume that Peace and Phillips agreed
to cooperate with the government in its prosecution of Vick.