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Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 3:11 am | Updated: 1:35 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Police seized a computer used by a former employee of The Indianapolis Star who was the ex-girlfriend of slain Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson.

Marion County sheriff ’s detectives confiscated the computer used by Jennifer Gaddis during a search Tuesday at the Star. Gaddis, 24, no longer works at the newspaper.

Marion County deputy chief Herman Humbles said Friday that Chandler police obtained a search warrant for Gaddis’ former workplace and asked the sheriff’s office to conduct the search.

Humbles declined to discuss what officers removed from the office.

‘‘The things that were taken were personal in nature, maybe computers, paperwork, things like that,’’ he said.

Chandler police Sgt. Mark Franzen would not comment about the investigation, saying only that Gaddis is not a suspect in the Stenson killing. Chandler police have called Gaddis an investigative lead.

Gaddis could not be reached for comment Friday. A telephone listing for her Indianapolis home has been disconnected and calls to her cell phone were not answered.

Stenson, 25, was found Nov. 5 in a Chandler street, shot execution-style in the head and chest, his hands and feet bound.

Chandler police searched Gaddis’ home in Indianapolis on Nov. 21 and questioned her for at least nine hours.

According to Scottsdale police, Stenson claimed that Gaddis had sent threatening text messages to his cell phone.

"U better pray I never see you again, I swear Dernell U R worth a murder charge 4 & that is all you are worth," was one of three text messages Stenson’s showed police Oct. 21, according to reports.

Gaddis told investigators she had started legal proceedings to get child support from Stenson. She claims that Stenson fathered her 8-month-old child and that she was 11 weeks pregnant with their second child.

Four men have been arrested in connection with Stenson’s death.

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