Dotson institutionalized; murder trial on hold

Updated: May 7, 2005, 12:45 AM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- The former Baylor basketball player charged with murdering a teammate has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Carlton Dotson, 22, was sent Thursday by District Judge George Allen to a state mental hospital for up to four months, after which his competence will be evaluated again.

Dotson could get life in prison if convicted of shooting Patrick Dennehy, who was missing for about six weeks before his body was found in 2003 in a field near Baylor's Waco campus.

A few days before Dennehy was found dead, Dotson was arrested in his home state of Maryland after calling police from a store, saying he was hearing voices and needed counseling. Authorities have not given a motive for the slaying.

The judge's ruling came after three experts -- one for the defense, one for the prosecution and one appointed by the court -- all found that Dotson was incompetent to stand trial.

Dr. Stephen L. Mark, the court-appointed psychiatrist, said Dotson appears to be hallucinating and suffers from psychosis but that, with treatment at a hospital, he could regain competency to stand trial "in the foreseeable future."

Some people close to Dotson said he reported hearing voices and seeing visions as early as 2002.

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