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Jury selection begins for trial in Apex teen's slaying

Posted September 7, 2010

— Jury selection began Tuesday for a teen charged in the 2008 slaying of an Apex High School student.

Ryan Patrick Hare was one of four people charged in the death of 18-year-old Matthew Josiah Silliman. Eight jurors had been selected by Tuesday afternoon.

Silliman's body was found on Dec. 2, 2008, in an unoccupied property in New Hill. An Eagle Scout with a history of depression and bipolar disorder, he had been reported missing a week earlier.

Aadil Shahid Khan and Allegra Rose Dahlquist pleaded guilty last month to charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted first-degree murder. The fourth defendant, Drew Logan Shaw, also has been offered a plea deal.

All three are expected to testify against Hare.

The four teens convinced Silliman that a man named "Roger" was out to get him and lured him to hide out in the abandoned home, which county real estate records show belongs to Dahlquist's family, according to prosecutors.

There, they read Silliman's fortune to him off tarot cards, and he drank wine mixed with horse tranquilizer, prosecutors said.

Silliman's hands and feet were then bound with plastic ties, and Hare hit him in the head with a hammer, prosecutors said. Silliman was still alive, so duct tape was placed over his mouth and a plastic bag over his head, they said.

Prosecutors said that Hare was the one who tightened a tie around the plastic bag.

An autopsy determined that Silliman died of asphyxiation and that his body was zipped into a sleeping bag.


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  • lisa4 Sep 8, 2010

    God Bless Matthew. May he rest in peace in the loving arms of God.
    I agree with washington_irving. The mental issues are not important here - what is important is that all four of the individuals pay for their crime. They are all guilty. No need for the other three to turn on Ryan - put them all away.

  • raggy831 Sep 8, 2010

    give them all army uniforms and send them to Afganastan (spelling), then they can do all the killing they want.

    they should all get the same punishment.

  • Anneleise Sep 7, 2010

    They ALL need to be executed! But, I have no doubt that the courts will make sure they get to kill someone else before they do anything.

  • UNCfuturealumi Sep 7, 2010

    The female is just as guilty..she led them all down a path of distruction..a place to kill Matthew and even allowing Matthew to believe she was his "girl"..for the thrill of killing him. send them all to the chair..

  • washington_irving Sep 7, 2010

    Is it just me, or are the comments "with a history of depression and bipolar disorder" completely unnecessary to this story? Regardless of his mental issues, he didn't deserve to die at the hands of the 4 monsters that did him in.

  • CharmedLife Sep 7, 2010

    "All four should face the same penalty. Stop offering deals!"

    I will have to agree with sap0953 on this one! They all committed the crime, they all should have to pull the same time!

  • nandud Sep 7, 2010

    Poor Matthew.

  • sap0953 Sep 7, 2010

    All four should face the same penalty. Stop offering deals!

  • NotAgain Sep 7, 2010

    Prison for all, for a very long time. What possible agruement could we hear from the defense? Sure they were sick, let them heal in prison, and give them plenty of time so they heal up real good...