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Police: Ex-teammate implicates self in Dennehy's death

Dotson: 'I didn't confess to anything'

Carlton Dotson, left, is shown in court Tuesday in this sketch.
Carlton Dotson, left, is shown in court Tuesday in this sketch.

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WACO, Texas (CNN) -- Carlton Dotson, charged with murder in the apparent death of his friend and former teammate Patrick Dennehy, confessed to the crime while talking to FBI agents, according to an arrest warrant issued by Waco police.

"Waco Police Department investigators learned from FBI agents in Maryland, that Carlton Dotson confessed to shooting Patrick Dennehy," the warrant said.

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Waco police spokesman Sgt. Ryan Holt was not as candid, but he said police believed Dotson -- who was arrested Monday in Chestertown, Maryland -- was responsible for the death of the missing Baylor University basketball player.

"Mr. Dotson provided specific information about the murder of Mr. Dennehy that would lead us to believe that he committed the murder," Holt said.

The warrant states that Dennehy was killed by a handgun.

Outside a courthouse in Chestertown on Monday night, Dotson told a reporter with The Associated Press, "I didn't confess to anything."

Police said he implicated himself in the crime.

"Mr. Dotson provided extensive information about the episode during which the homicide occurred," Holt said. "We are taking into account all of that information and following up on that."

Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy is shown in this undated photo.
Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy is shown in this undated photo.

Dotson attorney Grady Irvin Jr. told CNN that he spoke with his client Tuesday and is "very concerned about his well-being at this time."

He said Dotson's mental state is obviously in question, and "any statements that were given by Mr. Dotson, if any, couldn't have been [given] freely, couldn't have been voluntary, and couldn't have been done while he was coherent in any way, shape or form."

Dennehy, 21, was last seen alive June 12, and was reported missing by his family June 19. His 1996 Chevrolet SUV turned up June 25 -- without its license plates -- in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

His body has not been found, and Holt refused to say whether Dotson told authorities where it is.

"There's always the hope, the very sincere hope, that we find Mr. Dennehy, mostly for his family and then for the criminal case," Holt said.

Police searched in and around a gravel pit outside of Waco on Tuesday.

An informant's account in an affidavit given to police said Dotson shot Dennehy during an argument while the two were shooting guns in a field north of Waco. Dotson had previously been questioned by Waco police but had not been named a suspect, and a search of the field in question did not turn up a body.

Holt confirmed that investigators are performing forensic tests and trying to trace a 9 mm Glock handgun that was recovered in south Waco and handed over to police.

Dotson fights extradition

Dotson, meanwhile, is being held without bond in Kent County, Maryland, after he refused to waive his right to an extradition hearing. A hearing will be held in 30 days.

Wearing an orange prisoner's uniform with his ankles shackled and hands cuffed, he entered and left the court flanked by lawmen without talking to reporters.

The charge was filed after Dotson contacted police Sunday and asked for counseling, saying he was "hearing voices," said Chestertown Police Chief Walter Coryell.

Dotson was taken to a hospital, where he called the FBI, and asked for and received an interview. As a result of the conversation, Waco authorities issued an arrest warrant, and Maryland authorities executed the warrant Monday.

The information leading to the search for Dennehy's body Tuesday also came from information in the FBI interview, a law enforcement source said.

A source said Dotson confessed to the killing during the same interview. But other news reports contradicted that. The FBI would neither confirm nor deny the reports of a confession.

At Tuesday's hearing, Joseph Flanagan, a Kent County deputy state's attorney, argued against bail, pointing to the nature and seriousness of the alleged crime. He also said Dotson made "strong incriminating statements" to the FBI "against his interest."

A Dotson attorney argued his client should get bail, saying he has no record, is well-known in the community and isn't a flight risk. He asked for $75,000 bail. Dotson attorneys Sherwood Wescott and Purcell Luke said the decision to fight extradition was "a strategic" move, but they did not elaborate.

Dotson's grandfather described Dotson's behavior in recent weeks as calm but said he had problems sleeping because of the case. Dotson has spent a lot of time playing basketball with a teen sister, the grandfather told CNN.

Dennehy, a 6-foot-10-inch center, was considered a top recruit to Baylor, having transferred the year before from the University of New Mexico. College basketball rules forced him to sit out the past season, but he was expected to get playing time this fall.

Correspondents Mike Brooks and Kathleen Koch contributed to this report.

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