Almost two years after the disappearance of his former Baylor University teammate and roommate, Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering former university basketball player Patrick Dennehy.
WACO, Texas — Almost two years after the disappearance of his former Baylor University teammate and roommate, Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering former university basketball player Patrick Dennehy.
Dotson spoke quietly before state District Judge Ralph Strother.
He could face 5 to 99 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 15.
Dotson, 22, had been set to go to trial Monday on charges that he shot and killed Dennehy, 21, in June 2003. Dennehy’s body was discovered about six weeks later near gravel pits east of Waco.
The disappearance and death rocked Baylor University and eventually led to the resignation of basketball coach Dave Bliss, who had been secretly recorded encouraging his players to portray Dennehy as a drug dealer to explain how his tuition was paid.
An internal Baylor investigation of the scandal determined that Bliss had improperly paid up to $40,000 in tuition for Dennehy and another player. The inquiry also found that Bliss lied to investigators and that the coaching staff didn’t report players’ failed drug tests.
Dotson reportedly confessed to FBI agents that he shot Dennehy, but he was initially declared mentally incompetent to stand trial. He was later ruled fit for trial after he was placed on medications.
His attorney, Ross Hunt Sr., said Dotson hears voices but that medications “have helped him learn how to deal with his voices.”