Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Prosecutors will seek death for two men
MESA, Ariz. -- Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for two men accused of killing Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson.
Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Catherine Hughes said in court Tuesday that prosecutors had filed paperwork to seek the death
penalty against Reginald Riddle, 19. She said they intend to do the
same for David Griffith, 20. Both are charged with first-degree
County attorney spokesman Bill FitzGerald confirmed Wednesday that paperwork had been filed on Riddle but said prosecutors were still awaiting the extradition of Griffith, a member of the Salt
River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
Stenson, 25, was found Nov. 5 on a Chandler street, shot in the
head and chest, his hands and feet bound. Stenson had been in
Arizona playing in the Arizona Fall League.
Riddle's half-brother, Kevin Riddle, 45, faces charges of car
theft and hindering prosecution in the case but doesn't face murder
Kevin Riddle was found driving Stenson's SUV hours after the
body was discovered.
A fourth man was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution
but no charges were filed.