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Former player faces murder charge

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson will give up his fight against returning to Texas to face charges that he killed teammate Patrick Dennehy, according to published and broadcast reports.

Dotson's attorney, Sherwood Wescott, said Thursday he would not
file a motion challenging his client's detention, The Dallas
Morning News and the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald reported. The
motion is due Friday in Kent County Circuit Court.

"We're not giving any real reasons why we didn't (file an
appeal)," Wescott said. "It was a collaborative effort. Everyone,
including our client, came to a decision this was the route we
wanted to take."

Without a new challenge to his extradition, Texas authorities
will be free to pick up Dotson from the Kent County Detention
Center.

McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch said Thursday that he was
not aware of the decision, but he said his office will have Dotson
back in Waco by Oct. 28 if there is no challenge, the
Tribune-Herald reported in its Friday editions.

"If I don't have him back in 10 days, they have said that they
would cut him loose. So we are going to go fetch him," the sheriff
said.

Dotson has been held in Chestertown since his July 21 arrest,
accused of shooting Dennehy and leaving his body in a field.
Dennehy's body was found July 25 in a field southeast of Waco,
Texas.

The former basketball player was served Oct. 7 in a Maryland
district court with an extradition warrant to return to Texas.
District Judge Floyd Parks gave Dotson until Friday to challenge
the extradition.