Vick Helped 'Execute' Dogs: Co-Defendants
Decision remains secret after 9 AM plea deadline passes
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2007 11:15 AM CDT
Michael Vick Summoned to Federal Court   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Michael Vick helped hang, drown and otherwise execute around eight dogs in connection with his dog-fighting enterprise—and supplied most of the money for the infamous Bad Newz Kennelz, say his two co-defendants. The three men killed the dogs that "did not perform well in 'testing' sessions'," according to court papers filed as Vick's co-defendants pleaded guilty today.

Federal prosecutors gave Vick until 9AM this morning to accept a plea bargain that would send the 27-year old Atlanta Falcons star to prison for at least one year on dogfighting conspiracy charges—but his decision has not yet been revealed. If Vick turns down the deal, he will be slapped with a racketeering charge and could face up to 20 years behind bars, says an insider.