Riddle, Griffith charged with murder

Updated: November 11, 2003, 7:40 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Two people were charged Monday with first-degree murder in the death of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson.

Reginald Riddle, 19, and David Griffith, 20, were charged with first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping.

His half-brother Kevin Riddle, 43, was charged with theft, hindering prosecution and attempted hindering prosecution. Contrary to previous reports, Reginald Riddle was not also charged with hindering prosecution and attempted hindering prosecution.

A fourth suspect in the case, Robert Maye, was being held on suspicion of hindering prosecution.

Stenson, found dead early Nov. 5, was shot and run over by his own SUV after suspects robbed him, police say.

According to court records released Monday, Maye told police he was with his cousin Kevin Riddle when Riddle received a phone call from Griffith the day Stenson was found dead in a Chandler neighborhood.

Maye and Riddle met Griffith and Riddle's half brother, Reginald Riddle, at an apartment where Maye told police he found Griffith hopping on one foot with only one shoe.

The other shoe, according to court records, was found in Stenson's SUV, which Kevin Riddle was later arrested driving.

Maye, 32, rented a motel room for Reginald Riddle, but after talking with police, he led authorities to an apartment where he had previously taken Reginald Riddle, the records say.

Reginald Riddle was arrested there and later admitted involvement in Stenson's death.

Chandler police believe the motive for Stenson's death was robbery of the vehicle, said Chandler police spokesman Sgt. Mark Franzen.

While police said the robbery began at a Scottsdale nightclub, the events leading up to Stenson's body being found in Chandler were unclear.

In any event, police said Stenson's hands were bound during the robbery and that there was an apparent struggle in his vehicle.

Police aren't calling the crime a carjacking because it hasn't been established that Stenson was in the vehicle when it was stolen, Franzen said.

He said Stenson was bound and kidnapped during the robbery, which occurred outside a Scottsdale nightclub. Stenson was later shot and run over when he tried to escape, Franzen said.

Stenson, 25, was playing in the Arizona Fall League. He was buried Monday in his hometown of LaGrange, Ga.

The Riddles have declined interview requests made through Maricopa County jail officials. Griffith and Maye did not immediately respond to similar requests on Monday.

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