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Marcus Vick faces arrest for absences from court
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Former Virginia Tech football player Marcus Vick failed to appear for another court hearing in Montgomery County this week, and a judge has issued a capias for his arrest, according to a lawyer involved in the case.
Vick, 29, was found in contempt of court in January and ordered to spend five days in a local jail for not providing financial documents. Vick signed a promissory note for $40,000 in September 2008 pertaining to a civil matter but has not paid the judgment, causing the plaintiff to periodically seek his financial statements, according to Kris Olin, lawyer for plaintiff Barbara Ferguson.
He did not show up in February for a hearing over debtor concerns. At that time, Judge Brett Geisler, a Carroll County Circuit Court judge presiding over the civil case, issued a show cause notice for Vick during a telephone conference.
According to Olin, Vick was supposed to appear Monday in circuit court to explain why he did not show up to the February hearing and why he has not paid attorney fees. Geisler had previously ordered Vick to pay attorney fees — one payment due in the middle of January and one due in the middle of March — but Vick has not made those payments, Olin said.
Olin met with Vick’s lawyer, Jimmy Turk, and Geisler in judges’ chambers Monday.
“Instead of punishing him with more attorney fees and more jail time, the judge entered a capias for his arrest,” Olin said. “Once he’s picked up, he’ll stay in jail until the judge can get from Carroll County to Montgomery County.”
Olin said Geisler will schedule a hearing in Montgomery County once Vick is arrested. Vick will be held until that hearing and may remain in jail after the hearing, depending on his punishment.
Vick previously told the court that he was living in the Atlanta area. Olin said that it’s his understanding Vick will not be extradited to Virginia if he is arrested in Georgia.
“If he comes here in Virginia, and gets stopped for any reason, whether it’s a traffic violation or he has some crime or a law enforcement agent runs into him, he’ll be arrested immediately,” Olin said.
But police will not be actively searching for Vick in Virginia or any other state, Olin said.
“I don’t expect him to participate from here on out,” Olin said. “We will probably be chasing him for a long time.”
When reached on Monday afternoon, Turk deferred all questions to Olin.
Olin has said that Vick has not paid any of the promissory note, which is now nearing $90,000 with interest and attorney fees. He would not comment on the details of the civil suit, although in September 2008, Vick agreed in principle to settle a $6.3 million lawsuit filed by a Christiansburg teenager — listed as “Jane Doe” — who claimed psychological trauma after having a two-year sexual relationship with Vick that began in January 2004, when she was 15 and he was 19.
“I think you can probably put two and two together,” Olin told The Roanoke Times last year.
According to Vick’s case file, a 9 percent interest rate on the $40,000 began in March 2009.
Vick also owes more than $31,000 in attorney fees, according to the file. Turk, who started representing Vick about a year ago, has said that he does not know about those attorney fees and declined to discuss whether Vick has been paying him for his counsel.
Vick, the younger brother of former Hokie star and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, was Tech’s starting quarterback in 2005 but was kicked off the team in 2006 for on- and off-field issues.
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