Autopsy: Dennehy shot twice in head

Updated: August 12, 2003, 10:49 PM ET

WACO, Texas -- Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was shot twice in the head and did not have drugs in his body, according to an autopsy report.

Belinda Summers, a McLennan County justice of the peace, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday that the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas faxed her the autopsy report, but it was illegible except for the information on the gunshot wounds and toxicology tests.

The 6-foot-10 Dennehy had been missing about six weeks when his body was found July 25 in a field near a rock quarry four miles south of the Baylor campus. He died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to a preliminary autopsy report released last month.

Summers said she expected to receive the full autopsy report in the mail Wednesday, the newspaper reported for its Wednesday editions.

Jessica De La Rosa, Dennehy's girlfriend of two years, told The Associated Press that she was not surprised when authorities gave her details of the autopsy report that the toxicology tests were negative.

"I had no doubt in my mind that (drug use) was no part of this," she said from her home in Albuquerque, N.M. "We're still having a hard time that he's not coming back to us."

Dennehy's stepfather, Brian Brabazon, said he knows only some of the details of what happened to Dennehy.

"It probably will be hard to hear, but I do want to know," Brabazon told The Associated Press on Tuesday from his home in Carson City, Nev.

Carlton Dotson, who played basketball at Baylor last season and lived in Dennehy's apartment a few months, has been charged with murder. Dotson, 21, remains jailed in his home state of Maryland, awaiting transfer to Texas.

Dotson was arrested July 21 after telling FBI agents that he shot Dennehy after the player tried to shoot him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Investigators found a .32-caliber gun and a box of bullets near the body, but the pistol was Dennehy's and had not been fired, the Waco Tribune-Herald has reported.

Dennehy, 21, was last seen on campus June 12, and his family reported him missing June 19. His vehicle was found June 25 without license plates in a Virginia Beach, Va., parking lot, about 160 miles from Dotson's hometown of Hurlock, Md.

After Dennehy disappeared, allegations of NCAA violations surfaced from some of his family and friends who said a coach gave him money for a car and apartment rent and that his tuition was taken care of, although he was not on a scholarship.

Basketball coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton abruptly resigned Friday.

Baylor president Robert Sloan said school investigators discovered that Bliss was involved in two players' receiving improper financial aid and that staff members did not properly report failed drug tests by players. Sloan said Stanton had no direct knowledge of any violations.

A newly appointed search committee has started looking to fill those two positions.

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