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Ex-Teammate Indicted in Dennehy's Slaying

Texas officials seek to extradite the former Baylor basketball player for a murder trial.

August 28, 2003|From Associated Press

WACO, Texas — Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murdering his former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy, and prosecutors began the process of extraditing him to Texas.

A grand jury heard evidence for about 90 minutes before handing up an indictment against Dotson, who has been jailed in his home state of Maryland since his July 21 arrest on a murder warrant out of Texas.

The indictment, which contained a single murder count, alleges Dotson shot Dennehy on or about June 12. Dennehy's body was found July 25 in a field southeast of town.

He was shot twice in the head, according to an autopsy.

Dist. Atty. John Segrest and other law enforcement officials have refused to discuss a motive, which is not mentioned in the indictment. The maximum penalty for the murder count is life in prison.

Segrest's office began the paperwork Wednesday to formalize a request to Gov. Rick Perry's office to seek Dotson's extradition, but it is not known how long that will take. If Dotson continues to contest extradition, a judge in Maryland will schedule a hearing.

Dotson's lawyers could not be reached for comment.

The case has rocked Baylor University and prompted intense scrutiny of the basketball program at the Baptist school in Waco.

Basketball Coach Dave Bliss and Athletic Director Tom Stanton resigned Aug. 8. School investigators discovered that two players were receiving improper financial aid and that staff members did not properly report failed drug tests.

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