Ex-Baylor player's attorneys assess options

Updated: October 8, 2003, 2:15 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Attorneys for a former Baylor basketball player accused of murdering a teammate said they have not decided whether to appeal a warrant for his extradition to Texas.

Carlton Dotson appeared in court Tuesday, where he was served with a warrant signed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich. His lawyers have 10 days to appeal.

"We don't look at it as staying in Maryland. We look at is as exercising his rights," Sherwood Wescott, one of Dotson's attorneys, told the Dallas Morning News. "We will decide if we want to challenge the legality of any arrest."

Authorities in Texas have accused Dotson, who is from Maryland, of shooting Patrick Dennehy in June.

Dennehy's body was found July 25 in Waco, Texas, and Dotson was indicted for murder Aug. 27 in Waco. Dotson is accused of killing Dennehy on June 12. An autopsy report says Dennehy died of two gunshot wounds to the head.

After the hearing, Dotson's mother asked the public for support and privacy.

"We visit Carlton on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, and we are praying for him and we love him a lot," Gilreatha Johnson said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.