WACO, Texas – Former Baylor University (search) basketball player Carlton Dotson (search) was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murdering his former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy (search), and prosecutors began the process of moving him to Texas.
The grand jury heard evidence for about 90 minutes before handing up an indictment against Dotson, who has been jailed in his home state of Maryland since his July 21 arrest on a murder warrant out of Texas.
The indictment, which contained a single murder count, alleges Dotson shot Dennehy on or about June 12. Dennehy's body was found in a field southeast of town July 25.
He had been shot twice in the head, according to an autopsy report.
District Attorney John Segrest and other law enforcement officials have refused to discuss motive, which is not mentioned in the one-page indictment. The maximum penalty for the murder count is life in prison.
Segrest's office Wednesday began the paperwork to formalize a request to Gov. Rick Perry (search)'s office to seek Dotson's extradition, but it is not known how long that will take. If Dotson continues to contest extradition, a judge in Maryland will schedule a hearing.
Dotson's lawyers could not be immediately reached for comment.
The case has rocked Baylor University and prompted intense scrutiny of the basketball program at the Baptist school in Waco.
Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned Aug. 8. School investigators said they discovered that two players were receiving improper financial aid and staff members did not properly report failed drug tests.