Judge expected to grant prosecutors more time to extradite Dotson

Updated: August 19, 2003, 8:09 PM ET

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- A judge agreed Tuesday to keep a former Baylor University basketball player in jail for up to 60 more days as prosecutors work to extradite him to Texas.

Kent County District Judge Floyd Parks did not set a new hearing date for Carlton Dotson, 21, who is charged with killing former teammate Patrick Dennehy near Waco, Texas.

The defense did not object to the delay.

Dotson, his mother and his three attorneys entered the courthouse shortly before 1 p.m. for the seven-minute hearing. It was the first time Dotson appeared in court since July 22, a day after he was arrested.

Kent County prosecutors filed the motion for the delay last week at the request of Texas prosecutors, who are seeking an indictment needed to begin the extradition process against Dotson.

"They're in the process of indicting Mr. Dotson by a grand jury. ... They should be done in another week or so," assistant State's Attorney Joseph Flanagan told the judge.

Dotson's attorneys spoke briefly with the media after the hearing, saying their client had not waived extradition but declining to comment further.

"We're not going to make any statements with respect to strategy," said attorney Purcell Luke.

Dotson has been held at the county jail since his arrest.

Parks said he denied a request by members of the media to use TV cameras in the courtroom, saying the organizations making the request had not asked permission from the defense. He said such consent is needed under Maryland law.

Along with waiting on the paperwork from Texas, the extradition process in Maryland involves an unusual hearing before an agent of the governor. Maryland and South Carolina are the only states that offer such "governor's hearings," which give suspects another opportunity to tell authorities why they shouldn't have to leave the state to face criminal charges.

The Maryland hearings, held for any inmate fighting extradition, are normally held on the third Thursday of each month. However, the state's extradition coordinator has the authority to designate a different day.

The next governor's hearing date is Thursday, but Flanagan said the Dotson case was not scheduled for that day.

Dennehy had been missing about six weeks when his body was found in a field near Waco on July 25, four days after Dotson was charged with murder. Dennehy died of two gunshot wounds to the head, according to the autopsy report.

Dennehy's disappearance in mid-June, and the naming of Dotson as a "person of interest" in the case, prompted intense scrutiny of Baylor and its basketball program.

Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned Aug. 8. School investigators said they discovered that Bliss was involved in two players receiving improper financial aid, and that staff members did not properly report failed drug tests.

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