Dotson's wife testifies before grand jury in Dennehy case

Updated: August 14, 2003, 5:56 AM ET

WACO, Texas -- The estranged wife of a man accused of killing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy testified before a grand jury and told a newspaper that her husband had contacted her often from jail.

Melissa Kethley was in the McLennan County grand jury room for an hour Wednesday to answer questions about Carlton Dotson, Dennehy's roommate and former teammate, who is charged with murder.

Kethley declined to comment to The Associated Press about her grand jury appearance but told The Dallas Morning News for its Thursday editions that Dotson hasn't mentioned hearing voices or having visions in letters and calls to her. Dotson made those claims earlier this year before the couple separated in April after eight months of marriage.

"He talks about how he's coming back to Texas soon, how he'll be able to see me then, and how this will be over soon," she said. "When he wrote me, he said that Jesus is going to give everybody a second chance through him -- through Carlton." Kethley has said that he has told her nothing about Dennehy's death.

Dotson, 21, remains jailed in his home state of Maryland. He was arrested July 21 after telling FBI agents that he shot Dennehy after the player tried to shoot him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. An extradition hearing is set for Tuesday.

McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest declined to say if he is waiting on a murder indictment before seeking to have Dotson brought to Texas.

Dennehy's decomposed body was found July 25 in a field near a rock quarry four miles south of Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university with 14,000 students. He was last seen on campus June 12, and his family reported him missing June 19.

His car was found June 25 without license plates in a Virginia Beach, Va., parking lot, about 160 miles from Dotson's hometown of Hurlock, Md.

Dennehy, 21, was shot twice above the right ear, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

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