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Indictment would be crucial step toward extradition

8/27/2003 - Baylor Bears

WACO, Texas -- Prosecutors were presenting evidence to a
McLennan County grand jury Wednesday and expected a murder
indictment against a former Baylor basketball player accused of
killing his teammate.

District Attorney John Segrest was presenting evidence Wednesday
morning in the case against Carlton Dotson, accused in the shooting
death of forward Patrick Dennehy, a spokeswoman with the district
attorney's office told The Associated Press.

Law enforcement sources told the Waco Tribune-Herald in
Wednesday's editions that no witnesses other than McLennan County
Sheriff's Office investigator Clay Perry and Waco Police Department
detective Bob Fuller likely will testify Wednesday against Dotson.

Melissa Kethley, Dotson's estranged wife, testified for about an
hour before the same grand jury two weeks ago. Grand jury
proceedings are confidential, but it is likely that prosecutors
wanted Kethley pinned down under oath and on the record about
Dotson's mental state around the time of Dennehy's death, the
sources who spoke on condition of anonymity have told the
Tribune-Herald.

Kethley, who separated from Dotson in April and moved back to
her hometown of Sulphur Springs, has said she views Dotson's arrest
as a blessing in disguise because she thinks he needs attention for
mental disorders.

Segrest and his staff decided to seek an indictment against
Dotson, 21, who is held at Kent County Detention Center in
Maryland, before asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to request Dotson's
extradition from Gov. Robert Ehrlich, the Waco paper reported in Wednesday editions.

Segrest's office will formalize a request to Perry's office
seeking Dotson's extradition if the grand jury returns an
indictment. If Dotson continues to contest extradition, a judge in
Maryland will schedule an extradition hearing, the results of which
Dotson could appeal.

A Chestertown, Md., judge agreed last week to keep Dotson in
jail for up to 60 more days as prosecutors work to extradite him to
Texas. Dotson was arrested in his home state July 21 and charged
with murder in the death of Dennehy, 21, near Waco.

Prosecutors in Maryland asked a judge for permission to hold
Dotson while Texas prosecutors seek the grand jury indictment
needed to begin the extradition process. 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.

The judge 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. Defense attorneys say they have not waived
extradition.

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

Dennehy played two seasons for the New Mexico Lobos before
transferring to Baylor in the spring of 2002.

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.