Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Informant: Dennehy was shot by former teammate

The Associated Press

WACO, Texas - A police informant told authorities that missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy was shot in the head with a 9 mm handgun by a former teammate after the two had an argument, according to court documents released Monday.

The former teammate and roommate, Carlton Dotson, told a cousin that he got in an argument with Dennehy while they were shooting guns in the Waco area and that Dennehy pointed a gun at Dotson as if to shoot him, the informant said.

But Dotson instead shot Dennehy in the head with the pistol, the informant said. Dotson said he then drove home to Hurlock, Md., and got rid of the guns along the way, according to the informant.

The search warrant affidavit released Monday was filed June 23 in McLennan County by Waco police detective Bob Fuller.

District Attorney John Segrest declined to comment Monday, referring questions to Waco police. Fuller did not return a phone call Monday. A message left on an answering machine at a number listed for Dotson's guardians in Maryland was not immediately returned.

Waco Police Chief Alberto Melis said no body had been found and no arrests had been made, and he would not elaborate on any evidence. Waco police spokesman Steven Anderson has said authorities believe "potential suspects" include fellow Baylor basketball players.

Dennehy was reported missing by his family on June 19, and his sport utility vehicle, its license plates missing, was found last week in a mall parking lot in Virginia Beach, Va.

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