Source: Dotson brought to Waco to face murder charge

Updated: October 28, 2003, 7:07 PM ET

WACO, Texas -- Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson was returned to Waco on Tuesday, three months after he was arrested in Maryland in the shooting death of a former teammate, an official said.

Dotson, dressed in a white inmate uniform and sitting in the back seat of an unmarked gold police cruiser, looked toward the floor when reporters clustered around the car outside the McLennan County jail.

Dotson, 21, was indicted in August in the death of Patrick Dennehy, 21, who had been missing six weeks when his body was found July 25 in a field near a rock quarry south of Waco. The 6-foot-10 player, who shared his apartment with Dotson since April, had been shot twice in the head. Dotson will face another arraignment and bail review hearing in Waco.

Dotson had been fighting extradition since his July 21 arrest in his home state, where he returned in June after leaving Baylor.

Early Tuesday, Dotson left the jail in Chestertown, Md., 55 miles from his hometown of Hurlock on Maryland's Eastern Shore, said Joseph Flanagan, assistant state's attorney in Kent County. Texas authorities arrived in Maryland earlier this week to prepare for the transfer of Dotson, Flanagan said.

Dotson has appeared in court three times as officials shuffled extradition paperwork between Texas and Maryland. Last month, Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed a warrant agreeing to turn Dotson over to prosecutors in Texas.

A Kent County district judge served Dotson with the governor's warrant in court earlier this month, and Dotson's attorneys faced an Oct. 17 deadline to file their next appeal. But attorneys said Oct. 16 that they would no longer try to keep Dotson in Maryland.

Filing the appeal would have further delayed extradition, but officials in both states have said Dotson probably would not have been successful.

McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said Texas authorities had 10 days from the Oct. 17 appeal deadline to pick up Dotson.

The case has rocked the Baptist school and its basketball program. Coach Dave Bliss and Baylor's athletic director resigned in August amid revelations of NCAA violations. School investigators said they discovered that two players were receiving improper financial aid and that staff members did not properly report some players' failed drug tests.

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