Ex-Baylor Player to Stay in Maryland Jail
Aug. 20, 2003
CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) _ A judge agreed Tuesday to keep a former Baylor basketball player in jail for up to 60 more days as prosecutors work to extradite him to Texas.
Judge Floyd Parks did not set a new hearing date for Carlton Dotson, 21, who is charged with killing former teammate Patrick Dennehy near Waco, Texas.
Dotson, his mother and his three attorneys attended Tuesday's seven-minute hearing. It was the first time Dotson appeared in court since July 22, the day after he was arrested.
Maryland prosecutors filed the motion for the delay last week at the request of their Texas counterparts, who are seeking an indictment needed to begin the extradition process against Dotson.
``They're in the process of indicting Mr. Dotson by a grand jury ... they should be done in another week or so,'' Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Flanagan told the judge.
The defense did not object to the delay. Dotson's attorneys said later their client had not waived his right to challenge extradition but declined to comment further.
``We're not going to make any statements with respect to strategy,'' attorney Purcell Luke said.
Dotson has been jailed since his arrest.
In addition to waiting on the paperwork from Texas, the extradition process in Maryland involves an unusual hearing before an agent of the governor. Maryland and South Carolina are the only states that offer such ``governor's hearings,'' which give suspects another opportunity to tell authorities why they don't want to leave the state to face criminal charges.
Dennehy's body was found in a field near Waco on July 25, four days after Dotson was charged with murder. A preliminary autopsy report showed he died of gunshot wounds to the head.
Dennehy's disappearance in mid-June, and the naming of Dotson as a ``person of interest'' in the case, prompted intense scrutiny of Baylor and its basketball program.
Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned Aug. 8. School investigators said they discovered that Bliss was involved in two players receiving improper financial aid, and that staff members did not properly report failed drug tests.
Several players have asked to be released from their scholarships, allowing them to transfer to other schools. Lawrence Roberts, Baylor's leading scorer and rebounder last season, announced Monday that he is transferring to Mississippi State.