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Three suspects in Apex teen's death to testify against fourth

Posted December 17, 2009

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— Three suspects charged in the death of an Apex teen a year ago will take a plea deal and testify against a fourth person in the case.

Prosecutors and attorneys for Allegra Rose Dahlquist, Aadil Shahid Khan and Drew Logan Shaw indicated during a court hearing Thursday that the three would testify against Ryan Patrick Hare.

The case is expected to go to trial May 24.

All four people are charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 30, 2008, death of Matthew Josiah Silliman, 18, a student at Apex High School. In addition to first-degree murder, Hare and Shaw were also indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Wake County deputies found Silliman's body on Dec. 2, 2008, at an unoccupied property in New Hill owned by members of Dahlquist's family. Silliman disappeared Nov. 26 and was the subject of a Silver Alert because he suffered from depression and bi-polar disorder.

An autopsy found he had lethal amounts of prescription drugs and alcohol that had likely sedated him before he suffocated.

According to search warrants in the case, one of the accused confessed to being involved and implicated three others. Of the other three, two more confessed to their involvement.

The three who confessed implicated the fourth suspect as being directly involved in his death.

The suspects are believed to have been friends with Silliman. Dahlquist and Khan were seniors at Apex High. Shaw was a sophomore at Panther Creek High School. Hare withdrew from Panther Creek High School in February 2008.


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  • dlb800 Dec 18, 2009

    And people wonder why other people want to have firearms?

    Maybe to protect yourself?

  • WHEEL Dec 17, 2009

    Do the Authorities ever SOLVE a case anymore or just wait for someone to roolover on a plea deal?

  • ncguy Dec 17, 2009

    Plea deal?

    I'm sure the victim didn't get anywhere when he was "plea"ding for his life.

  • bubbba Dec 17, 2009

    Such a fine looking young man. You can tell by the smile in his picture he had a good soul. Then you look at Hare and can see nothing but cold.

  • Suasponte Dec 17, 2009

    Anyone have a spare backbone for our district attorney?

  • kcfoxie Dec 17, 2009

    Again, I don't want to pay for these "beings" to have well balanced meals, heat, workout rooms, etc. that come with being in prison.

  • ranquick Dec 17, 2009

    They all should be charge and tried for same crime, I do not agree with PLEA Deal for a murder, rapist or child molestor.

  • fishstory Dec 17, 2009

    These kids will be on the street in 5 years and out on good behavior. Haven't you been watching the news about what goes on with the judicial system? This happened last December and the state will take it to court in May 2010? Whats taking so long??? They confessed! Yea, they'll be out in 5 years because mommy & daddy didn't love them or something shallow like that.

  • wakeforest914 Dec 17, 2009

    ...time to have some laws changed so these kids (and others) can be tried as adults!

  • BraveHeart Dec 17, 2009

    What a shame....so much hate....when will it end