Teen admitted involvement in homicide

Updated: November 7, 2003, 9:13 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- A 19-year-old man arrested in the death of a Cincinnati Reds outfielder admitted involvement in the incident, according to court documents released Friday.

Reginald Riddle of Harvey, Ill. made an initial court appearance Friday. He was arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary but hadn't formally been charged Friday.

According to court records, Riddle admitted in an interview with police that he was involved in the death of Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson.

Riddle declined a request for an interview made Friday through jail officials.

Stenson, who had been 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 for investigation 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 what, if any, connection Stenson had to the suspects. 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 RBI in 37 games. His last home run accounted for Cincinnati's final run of the season.

Funeral services for Stenson were scheduled for Monday at First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange, Ga., Stenson's hometown. Burial was to be in Restlawn Memory Gardens in LaGrange.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press