Judge moves Dennehy lawsuit from Houston to Waco

Updated: November 3, 2003, 6:46 PM ET

HOUSTON -- A judge Monday granted Baylor University's request to have a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the father of slain basketball player Patrick Dennehy moved to Waco, the university's home.

Judge Bruce Oakley said holding the trial in Houston would inconvenience potential witnesses, most of whom live in the Waco area.

School president Robert Sloan, former athletic director Tom Stanton and Drayton McLane, chairman of Baylor's board of regents, are among the defendants in the lawsuit filed in August.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges Dennehy was attempting to expose wrongdoing within the basketball program when "violent threats" were made against him leading up to his slaying.

Dennehy, 21, was missing about six weeks before his body was found July 25 southeast of Waco; he had been shot.

His former teammate, Carlton Dotson, is charged with murder and has pleaded innocent. He is jailed in Waco without bond.

Richard Laminack, lawyer for the father, Patrick Dennehy Sr., contends the player was killed by someone other than Dotson. But he wouldn't give specifics Monday, saying only he learned the information from private investigators.

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