Judge grants motion to hold former Baylor basketball player for 60 more days

Updated: August 20, 2003, 8:03 AM ET

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- A judge has agreed to keep a former Baylor University basketball player in jail for up to 60 more days as prosecutors work to extradite him to Texas, where he's charged with killing a teammate.

Carlton Dotson appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since July 22, a day after he was arrested here and charged with killing former Baylor teammate Patrick Dennehy near Waco, Texas.

As required by Maryland law, Kent County District Court Judge Floyd Parks held a 30-day status review of the fugitive warrant under which Dotson has been held at the Kent County Detention Center.

Prosecutors here filed a motion last week asking the court for permission to hold Dotson, 21, for another 60 days while Texas prosecutors seek a grand jury indictment needed to begin the extradition process.

"They should be done in another week or so," Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Flanagan told the judge Tuesday.

Parks granted the motion, to which defense attorneys did not object, but he warned Flanagan that Dotson could not be held for more than 90 days. "Ninety days is it," Parks said.

Defense attorneys reiterated that they had not waived extradition, but they said little else.

Dennehy's body was found in a field near Waco on July 25, four days after Dotson was charged with murder. An autopsy report showed that he died of two gunshot wounds to the head.

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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