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11/03/2004 4:30 PM ET
Stenson investigation complete, suspects await trial
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CHANDLER, AZ -- Chandler Police detectives have completed their investigation into the homicide of professional baseball player Dernell Stenson. Stenson was murdered in Chandler on Nov. 5, 2003, in the 2200 block of West Butler Street. Stenson, 25, of La Grange, Georgia, made his first Major League Baseball start in the summer of 2003 with the Cincinnati Reds. He was in the Valley at that time playing in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

After a yearlong homicide investigation, detectives believe robbery was the motive of this crime leading to Stenson's untimely death. An ex-girlfriend from Indianapolis was cooperative in the investigation and is not believed to be involved in the crime.

Reginald Riddle of Illinois and David Griffith of the Salt River Indian Reservation remain in custody awaiting trial on charges of homicide, kidnapping, and robbery for their involvement in Stenson's murder. Kevin Riddle, Reginald's half brother, also from Illinois, remains in custody on one count of possession of stolen property and two counts of hindering an investigation. A hindering charge against Robert Maye of Phoenix, the fourth suspect arrested in the case, was not filed and he was released.

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