Dotson might be tried as early as May

Updated: February 2, 2005, 10:14 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- A former Baylor basketball player accused in the shooting death of a teammate was moved Wednesday from a state hospital to the McLennan County Jail.

Carlton Dotson was returned to the jail after a psychologist determined he had regained his competence to stand trial. He was being held without bond on a murder charge in the June 2003 death of Patrick Dennehy.

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

Dotson had been treated at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon since November, after State District Judge George Allen found him incompetent to stand trial.

A psychologist last month determined that Dotson had regained his competence, but should continue with psychiatric care. The psychologist also recommended that Dotson take anti-psychotic medication and not use alcohol and illegal drugs.

The judge on Monday signed an order for Dotson's return to jail.

Prosecutors have said Dotson could be tried in May.


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