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Dotson Won’t Attend Extradition Hearing

September 18, 2003

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson, who was indicted in Texas for the murder of a teammate, will not attend an extradition hearing Thursday.

Dotson’s lawyers notified the secretary of state’s office in a letter, spokeswoman Aja Foster said Wednesday. Attorney Sherwood Westcott would not elaborate.

It is now up to an assistant attorney general to review the case and recommend to Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich whether Dotson should be extradited. Maryland usually grants the extradition requests of other states.

Dotson has been held in a Maryland jail since July 21, when he was arrested and charged with killing Patrick Dennehy, whose body was found near Baylor’s campus in Waco, Texas. He has refused to return voluntarily to Texas.

The case has rocked the Baptist school and prompted intense scrutiny of its basketball program. Coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned Aug. 8. School investigators said they discovered that two players were receiving improper financial aid and staff members did not properly report failed drug tests.

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