Attorney says 'still in investigative process'
WACO, Texas -- A murder trial for a former Baylor University basketball player charged with killing of one of his teammates has been set for March but probably will be delayed, his attorney said.
A preliminary hearing for Carlton Dotson was set for Feb. 27 and a trial date was set for March 22, according to Waco's 54th State District Court.
The trial likely will be later, Dotson's attorney Abel Reyna said.
"We are really still in the investigative process right now," Reyna said. "As you can imagine, there were a lot of reports that were generated by police on this case, and we are going to have to go through all that before we are going to be ready to go forward."
Dotson, 21, has been jailed in Waco without bond on a murder charge since he was brought to Texas on Oct. 28 from his home state of Maryland, where he was arrested July 21 in the death of Patrick Dennehy, who played for the University of New Mexico before transferring to Baylor.
Dennehy, 21, had been missing about six weeks when his body was found July 25 near a gravel pit southeast of Waco. An autopsy later revealed Dennehy died from two gunshot wounds to the head.
While authorities in Maryland reported Dotson confessed to shooting Dennehy, Dotson told reporters after his arrest he "didn't confess to anything."
Reyna said it is too early to tell whether Dotson's defense team will seek to move the trial to a different city or will file any other motions that could change the trial date.
Reyna said Dotson's lawyers had not decided whether to seek an insanity defense.
The day before his arrest, Dotson called Chestertown, Md., authorities saying he was delusional and asking for help. Family members reported that before he sought help, he was not sleeping and frequently paced the floor holding a Bible and quoting Scripture.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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