Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty yesterday to killing former teammate Patrick Dennehy.
Dotson, whose trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Waco, Tex., did not enter into a plea agreement with prosecutors. The 23-year-old faces from five years to life in prison on a murder conviction. Sentencing was set for June 15.
Dotson did not speak during the brief hearing other than one-word answers to questions from state District Judge Ralph Strother.
Dennehy, 21, had been missing about six weeks when his body was found in a field a few miles from the Baylor campus in July 2003. He had been shot twice in the head.
Dennehy's death sparked a scandal in the Baylor basketball program that led to the resignations of head coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton. A few days before Dennehy's body was found, Dotson was arrested at his home in Maryland after calling authorities saying he was hearing voices and needed help. Authorities said he confessed to killing Dennehy but have never revealed a motive.
Dotson, who graduated from North Dorchester High School in eastern Maryland in 2000, was ruled incompetent to stand trial last fall and was sent to a mental hospital.
-- From News Services