Dotson faces new arraignment, bail hearing

Updated: October 29, 2003, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Carlton Dotson's much-anticipated trip from Maryland to Texas, where he is charged in the shooting death of a former Baylor University basketball teammate, was uneventful, authorities said.

Dotson, 21, napped or politely answered questions during the flights on commercial airlines from Baltimore to Dallas and then on to Austin, McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said Tuesday.

"Everything we asked him to do, he did," Lynch said. "There was very little conversation."

Dotson sat in the back seat of an unmarked police cruiser on the last leg of the trip from Austin to Waco. Dressed in a white shirt and blue pants, he looked toward the floor when reporters clustered around the car as it arrived at the McLennan County jail.

Dotson was to be arraigned before a state district judge Wednesday, said Billy Martin, a McLennan County justice of the peace.

Dotson was indicted in August in the death of Patrick Dennehy, 21, who had been missing six weeks when his body was found July 25 in a field near a rock quarry south of Waco. The 6-foot-10 player, who shared his apartment with Dotson since April, had been shot twice in the head.

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

Dotson had recently given up an extradition fight in his home state. Lynch said he and two deputies picked up Dotson at 6 a.m. Tuesday. He said Dotson was restrained but would not comment on security measures or say how airplane passengers reacted.

After arriving in Waco, Dotson called his estranged wife to ask her to visit him in jail, said Melissa Kethley, who left Dotson in April after eight months of marriage. Kethley wasn't at her Sulphur Springs home to take the call but said Dotson talked to her mother.

"I've been waiting for him to come back, but I'll probably wait awhile before I go see him," said Kethley, who has talked to Dotson several times on the phone since his arrest. "I'll probably have to talk to him through glass, but I don't want to do that."

Dotson had returned to his hometown of Hurlock, Md., in June after leaving Baylor.

He was arrested July 21 after calling police from a supermarket, saying he was hearing voices and needed counseling. Officers took him to a hospital, where he contacted the FBI. Later, he denied that he confessed to killing Dennehy.

Dotson had appeared in court three times in the extradition process. Last month, Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed a warrant agreeing to turn Dotson over to prosecutors in Texas.

Dotson was served with the governor's warrant in court earlier this month. His attorneys faced an Oct. 17 deadline to file their next appeal but decided not to do so.

The case rocked the Baptist school and its basketball program. Coach Dave Bliss and Baylor's athletic director resigned in August amid revelations of NCAA violations. School investigators said two players had received improper financial aid and employees did not properly report some players' failed drug tests.


Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press

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