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Suspect Admits Stenson Death Involvement

November 7, 2003

PHOENIX (AP) _ A 19-year-old man arrested in the death of a Cincinnati Reds outfielder told police he was involved, according to court documents released Friday. Reginald Riddle of Harvey, Ill., made an initial court appearance Friday. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary but wasn’t charged.

According to court records, Riddle said in an interview with police that he was involved in the death of Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson. Riddle didn’t immediately respond to a request for an interview made Friday through jail officials.

Stenson, who was playing in the Arizona Fall League, was found dead Wednesday in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. He had been shot and run over and apparently dragged by his own SUV.

Several hours after Stenson’s body was found, Riddle’s half brother, Kevin Riddle, 43, was stopped by police while driving Stenson’s SUV, police said.

Kevin Riddle was arrested on suspicion of stolen property possession. He has declined all media requests for interviews.

Authorities were still looking for another man identified as a suspect in the case, 20-year-old transient David Griffith, said Chandler police Sgt. Mark Franzen.

Detectives have declined to identify a motive or to give a detailed account of what happened to Stenson until authorities find Griffith, Franzen said.

Authorities are unsure whether Stenson and the suspects knew each other. Kevin Riddle identified himself as a transient to police, and Reginald Riddle listed no address on court paperwork.

Stenson, 25, made his major league debut with the Reds this year, batting .247 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 37 games.

Funeral services will be Monday in LaGrange, Ga., where Stenson was born.

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