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Former Baylor player indicted

Grand jury brings single murder count against Dotson

August 28, 2003

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— Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was indicted Wednesday in the murder of his former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy.

The McLennan County grand jury heard evidence for about 90 minutes before handing up an indictment against Dotson, who has been jailed in his home state of Maryland since his July 21 arrest.

The indictment, which contained a single murder count, alleges that Dotson shot Dennehy on or about June 12. Dennehy's body was found in a field near a rock quarry southeast of town July 25.

District attorney John Segrest and law enforcement officers have refused to discuss motive, which is not mentioned in the one-page indictment. The maximum penalty for a murder conviction is life in prison.

Segrest decided to seek an indictment against Dotson, 21, who is being held at Kent County Detention Center in Maryland, before asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to request Dotson's extradition from Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

Within a week, Segrest said he would formalize a request to Perry's office seeking Dotson's extradition. If Dotson continues to contest it, a judge in Maryland will schedule an extradition hearing, the results of which Dotson could appeal.

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