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Psychologist deems Dotson incompetent

Aug. 23, 2004

By SANDI VILLARREAL, assistant city editor

Carlton Dotson is incompetent to stand trial in the shooting death of fellow Baylor basketball teammate Patrick Dennehy, according to the court-appointed psychologist who evaluated the 22-year-old.


George Parker, an Austin psychologist, told defense attorneys he does not meet at least one of the two criteria necessary to stand trial -- understanding the charges against him and aiding in his defense.

Dotson's attorneys filed a motion Friday asking 54th State District Judge George Allen to make a finding that evidence exists to find Dotson incompetent, defense attorney Abel Reyna told the Lariat.

Reyna said Allen continued the proceedings for 30 days and will most likely allow a state expert to examine Dotson. If the state expert agrees with Parker, Dotson will be sent to a treatment facility.

"If they find that he's competent to stand trial, [Allen] will have to stay the proceedings, and there will be a hearing to determine competency," Reyna said.

The trial was originally slated to begin this month, but was delayed until Oct. 11 after the defense filed a motion in July saying more time was needed to look into previous psychological problems and juvenile records.

Dennehy's body was found in a Waco field about six weeks after he went missing last summer. His abandoned vehicle was found two weeks into his disappearance in Virginia Beach, Va., 160 miles from Dotson's home in Hurlock, Md.

Dotson was arrested in July 2003 and indicted the following month.