Psychologist: Hearing voices 'suspect'

1/27/2005 - Baylor Bears

WACO, Texas -- A former Baylor basketball player accused of
killing a teammate has regained his competence to stand trial and
is ready to be returned from a state hospital, a psychologist says.

Carlton Dotson, 22, had been taken to North Texas State Hospital
in Vernon after a defense psychologist, state psychiatrist and
court-appointed independent psychiatrist all found that Dotson was
incompetent to stand trial in the death of Patrick Dennehy.

Dennehy's body was found in a field near Baylor's Waco campus in
July 2003. He had been missing for about six weeks.

In a report to District Judge George Allen, hospital
psychologist Thomas Gray said Dotson is ready to be returned to the
McLennan County Jail. Gray said Dotson must continue to receive
psychriatic care, take prescribed medication and not use alcohol
and illegal drugs, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported in its Friday

"Failure to follow these recommendations could well result in
deterioration of his condition and a return to trial
incompetency," Gray said.

In an eight-page report signed by Dr. Joseph Black, chief
psychiatrist in the Vernon hospital's competency program, Gray said
Dotson's accounts of hearing voices and seeing things are

"Mr. Dotson has reported various psychotic symptoms, focused
especially on voices he says he hears," Gray writes in his report
summary, the newspaper reported. "His accounting of these symptoms
has been markedly inconsistent from interview to interview, and
results of psychological testing contribute to the conclusion that
his report of symptoms is suspect."

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. Officers took
him to a hospital, where he contacted the FBI.