Reds OF Stenson shot and killed in Arizona

Updated: November 6, 2003, 6:10 PM ET

CHANDLER, Arizona - A man has been arrested following the murder of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson, whose body was found early Wednesday morning.

Kevin Riddle, a 25-year-old Indiana resident, was booked into Maricopa County Jail late Wednesday night on possession of stolen property. He was driving Stenson's 2002 Isuzu Rodeo in nearby Mesa at the time of the arrest, two hours after the murder.

Police said the 25-year-old Stenson appeared to have been shot and run over when it was discovered.

Riddle will remain an investigative lead while they determine who is responsible for the murder, police said.

Chandler police found Stenson's body lying in a roadway on the 2200 block of West Butler Drive shortly after receiving a report that gunshots were fired at approximately 1:45 a.m.

Witnesses informed police a black sport utility vehicle fled the scene.

Stenson, who was playing in the Arizona Fall League at the time of his death, made his major league debut with the Reds this past season. In 37 games, he batted .247 with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am terribly saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Dernell Stenson yesterday morning," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said. "My deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends and his teammates."

Selected in the third round of the 1996 draft by Boston, Stenson was claimed off waivers by the Reds in March.

"Dernell was a very good player, but an even better guy," said Frank Burke, owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts, Cincinnati's Class AA affiliate in the Southern League. "He always had a smile on his face and was great with kids."

"Dernell came up through our minor league system and was a member of our organization for seven seasons," Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said. "The many people in our organization whose lives he touched will miss him dearly."

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