Dotson pleads guilty to death of Dennehy
Waco, TX (Sports Network) – Carlton Dotson, a former basketball player at
Baylor University, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing Patrick Dennehy.
Dotson will face five years to life in prison after not entering into a plea
agreement. His trial was set to start on Monday. Instead, his sentencing will
be held on June 15.
Dotson was arrested and charged with the shooting death of Dennehy, his former
teammate, on July 21, 2003. Dennehy went missing in June of that year and his
body was found over a month later in rock quarry near Waco.
At the time of his arrest, Dotson admitted to shooting Dennehy but did not
give a reason. Since then, Dotson’s original trial was postponed once because
his defense attorneys needed more time to review material. He then was deemed
incompetent to stand trial, but when at the mental hospital was found to be
This incident led to the NCAA uncovering a number of violations by Baylor’s
men’s basketball program and former head coach Dave Bliss. The university’s
own investigation found that Bliss lied to detectives heading the murder
Bliss was also found to have made improper payments to students, including
Dennehy. Other NCAA infractions included members of the coaching staff
arranging for meals, transportation, lodging and clothing for more than one
athlete or prospective athlete.