He's accused of murdering ex-teammate

10/30/2003 - Baylor Bears

WACO, Texas -- The former Baylor University basketball player accused of killing an ex-teammate said Thursday that "a lot of lies" have swirled around the case but that the truth will come out at trial, a newspaper reported.

During an interview with the Houston Chronicle at the McLennan
County jail Thursday, Carlton Dotson described Patrick Dennehy as a
very close friend.

"I'm sorry about what happened to him," Dotson told the
Chronicle in a story for Friday editions.

Dotson, 21, is charged with murder in Dennehy's shooting death.
He declined to discuss details of the case. His 6-foot-7 frame
hunched over as he sat on a stool in the jail visiting area, Dotson
often turned away when asked about Dennehy and other former
teammates, the newspaper reported.

"I'd just like to be there (at Baylor) right now," Dotson
said. "I'd just like to be taking classes, going back to school."

When asked how he ended up in jail, rather than college, he
replied: "I don't have an explanation."

Dennehy, 21, had been missing six weeks when his body was found
July 25 near a rock quarry south of Waco. An autopsy revealed he
had been shot twice in the head.

Dotson was arrested July 21 in his home state of Maryland after
calling police and saying he was hearing voices and needed
counseling. He remained in custody in Chestertown, Md., until he
was extradited to Waco on Tuesday.

Waco attorney Russell Hunt Sr., who was appointed Wednesday to
represent Dotson, said he was surprised that his client spoke to
the media.

"We've instructed him not to talk to anybody, and I'm real
disappointed that he talked to anybody from the press," Hunt told
The Associated Press on Thursday night.

During the interview with the Chronicle, Dotson defended former
basketball coach David Bliss, who resigned Aug. 8 after revelations
of NCAA violations. School investigators said Bliss was involved in
paying two players' tuition and that staff members did not properly
report some players' failed drug tests.

Dotson said he knew Bliss had resigned amid scandal but was
unaware of the details.

"I have nothing against Coach Bliss at all. To me, he was a
very good coach," Dotson said.

According to secretly recorded conversations by an assistant
coach, Bliss told players to lie to investigators and say that
Dennehy paid his tuition by dealing drugs.

When asked if he had used drugs, Dotson replied: "I didn't
party, maybe on my birthday but that's all."

"I'm not going to say I was a perfect person, but I wasn't like
that (a heavy drug user)," Dotson said.

He declined to talk about the drug use of Dennehy or other

"There's a lot of lies going on," he said, referring to
drug-use allegations and Dennehy's disappearance and death.

As in Chestertown, Dotson has been placed in an isolated cell in
Waco. He said he has not attempted suicide and was vague about the
reason he was placed in medical segregation.

He said he hopes to someday resume his studies. He said he has
adopted a motto that offers him some solace and faith.

"Live that day; hope for tomorrow," he said.