Thursday, July 31, 2003

Accused killer says Dennehy tried to kill him

Deceased player's former teammate hearing voices

The Associated Press

WACO, Texas - The man accused of killing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy suggested in a jailhouse interview that he acted in self-defense and also said he has been hearing voices, a newspaper reported.

"I thought he was my friend, but he betrayed me," Carlton Dotson told the Dallas Morning News in a story in today's editions. "If someone points a gun at you and shoots and it doesn't go off, what would you do? If someone is pointing a gun at you and they start putting more bullets into the gun, what would you do?"

Asked what he did, Dotson, Dennehy's former teammate and roommate, laughed and did not answer, the newspaper reported.

Dennehy had been missing about six weeks when his decomposed body was found Friday night in a grassy field four miles from the Baylor campus. Investigators had been searching for the 21-year-old at a nearby gravel pit, a site police say Dotson provided to them after his July 21 arrest.

Dotson told FBI agents he shot Dennehy after the player tried to shoot him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. A preliminary autopsy report released Wednesday said Dennehy was killed by gunshot wounds to the head, and listed homicide as the cause of death.

Dotson, 21, remains jailed without bond in his home state of Maryland and awaits extradition to Texas, which could take as long as three months.

Dotson said his life has been threatened and that he has been hearing voices that say: "We are many. We are strong. We are behind you. We support you. We are ready for war ... a spiritual war." He also confirmed that Baylor paid for him to see a Waco therapist because of his erratic behavior.

The Morning News said Dotson also related a confusing story about meeting someone named Roman in Texas who told him he would be able to do miraculous things. At the end of the 10-minute session, Dotson asked for prayers.

"I'm really not a bad person," he told the newspaper. "Some things happen that aren't in your control."

A .32-caliber revolver that belonged to Dennehy was found near his body, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday, citing an unidentified source.

Near the gun, authorities found .32-caliber bullets that had spilled from an ammunition box, the newspaper reported. There was no evidence the .32 had been fired.

UTAH: The school's athletic program was placed on three years of probation by the NCAA for rules violations that included excessive meal money for men's basketball players and academic fraud on the football team. The Utes still may participate in postseason tournaments and appear on TV.

The NCAA accepted Utah's self-imposed sanctions, including cutting one men's basketball scholarship for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, and added one scholarship penalty for 2006-07.

The report said basketball coach Rick Majerus thought meals he bought for players were allowed because he lives in a hotel. Coaches are allowed to host athletes for home meals.

XAVIER: The men's team continues to search for a high-level nonconference road game for the upcoming season.

Texas withdrew its offer of a game at the last minute. The deal, to which Xavier agreed, would have brought the teams together for a game at Texas Dec. 23, but the Longhorns agreed to play Duke Dec. 20 and backed out of their offer to XU.

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