Former player faces murder charge
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson will give up his fight against returning to Texas to face charges that he killed teammate Patrick Dennehy, according to published and broadcast reports.
Dotson's attorney, Sherwood Wescott, said Thursday he would not file a motion challenging his client's detention, The Dallas Morning News and the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald reported. The motion is due Friday in Kent County Circuit Court.
"We're not giving any real reasons why we didn't (file an appeal)," Wescott said. "It was a collaborative effort. Everyone, including our client, came to a decision this was the route we wanted to take."
Without a new challenge to his extradition, Texas authorities will be free to pick up Dotson from the Kent County Detention Center.
McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said Thursday that he was not aware of the decision, but he said his office will have Dotson back in Waco by Oct. 28 if there is no challenge, the Tribune-Herald reported in its Friday editions.
"If I don't have him back in 10 days, they have said that they would cut him loose. So we are going to go fetch him," the sheriff said.
Dotson has been held in Chestertown since his July 21 arrest, accused of shooting Dennehy and leaving his body in a field. Dennehy's body was found July 25 in a field southeast of Waco, Texas.
The former basketball player was served Oct. 7 in a Maryland district court with an extradition warrant to return to Texas. District Judge Floyd Parks gave Dotson until Friday to challenge the extradition.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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