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Suspects enter pleas in Apex teen's slaying

Posted August 13, 2010

— Suspects in the 2008 slaying of an Apex High School student on Friday entered pleas of guilt and innocence to murder charges.

Ryan Patrick Hare pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the slaying of Matthew Josiah Silliman, 18, whose body was found on Dec. 2, 2008, in an unoccupied property in New Hill.

Allegra Rose Dahlquist, 19, though, accepted a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder. She was initially charged with first-degree murder in Silliman's death.

Prosecutors said that a third suspect, Aadil Shahid Khan, is expected to accept the same plea agreement. A different plea deal has been offered to the fourth suspect, Drew Logan Shaw.

Dahlquist, Khan and Shaw are all expected to testify against Hare during his trial. Jury selection is set for Sept. 7. Dahlquist's sentencing was set for Sept. 24. She could get up to 80 years in prison.

Silliman, who had a diagnosis for depression and bipolar disorder, was reported missing and a Silver Alert for him was issued on Nov. 26, 2008. Arrest warrants said the homicide occurred four days later. Sheriff's deputies acting on a tip to Apex police found his body at 4221 Olive Branch Lane in New Hill.

"It's all immensely senseless and enormously sad," defense attorney Joe Cheshire said.

Matthew Silliman Suspects enter pleas in Apex teen's death

The suspects are believed to have been friends or acquaintances of Silliman, an Eagle Scout who did a landscaping project at his Cary church. Dahlquist and Khan were seniors at Apex High School at the time, while Shaw was a sophomore at Panther Creek High School. Hare withdrew from Panther Creek High School in February 2008.

Prosecutors said Friday that Hare and Dahlquist were once in a romantic relationship and that Hare was jealous of Silliman's close friendship with her.

Cheshire, who represents Dahlquist, described Hare as the ringleader who manipulated his client.

"She was under a very strong psychological hold under Ryan Hare. He had her under his control," he said.

Prosecutors argued that the four suspects convinced Silliman that a guy named "Roger," a character who doesn't actually exist, 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.

"That, in fact, was not the plan," Jason Waller, assistant Wake County district attorney, said. "The plan was to end Mr. Silliman's life."

Prosecutors said that the four suspects read Silliman's fortune to him off tarot cards, and he drank wine mixed with horse tranquilizer.

His hands and feet were then bound with plastic ties, and Hare hit him in the head with a hammer, but Silliman was still alive, prosecutors said. Duct tape was placed over his mouth, and a plastic bag over his head. Prosecutors said that Hare was the one who tightened a ziptie around the plastic bag.

Autopsy and toxicology reports state that Silliman died from asphyxiation and was likely sedated beforehand by lethal amounts of alcohol and an ingredient of drug commonly prescribed as an anti-depressant in his system.

The autopsy report states that Silliman's body was found zipped into a sleeping bag.


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  • sunneyone Aug 17, 2010

    What can we do about it? kristen168

    Stop procreating. Sometimes even if you raise a child "right" there's still issues, because there ARE such things as bad seeds.

  • kdeesowders Aug 13, 2010

    Dear Subscribers,
    The young man murdered was Matt! He did not have a learning disability, he had a mental illness. He was an awsome young man, good student,Eagle Scout,Founding member of the Sea Scout troop at his church looking forward to his future in the U.S. Coast Guard and a best friend son and brother to my daughter. He was greatly loved by his family and all of his other friends. He just put his trust in the wrong people that he thought were his friends. Almost 2 years later we still miss his laugh in our home.I still expect him to walk in the door and say surprise Mom I am home. I know that God will punish the guilty for what they did to Matt!

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    These kids are danger to society and should be locked up in prison for life without parole.

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    armynavyseebee - very good comment. I totally agree something needs to be done about the judges that allow this.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2010

    Bad situation. All you can do is keep an eye on your children and try to stay involved in everything they are doing. And children are children as long as they live in their parent's home, regardless of age.

  • liskm Aug 13, 2010

    I don't really care for these people to be turned loose on society again.
    BTW, comments in regard to parents, weren't some entangled in this tragedy discovered to have assisted these people in relocating the body in hopes this mess would not be discovered? Seems I remember something along that order in reading the story lines.
    If this is the best you can do with rearing children, DON'T create them. JMO.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Aug 13, 2010

    What can we do about it? Stop voting for Judges that sign off on ridiculous plea deals for repeat offenders. Stop voting for clowns like Colon Willoughby. He has no opponent this fall, write in "Dick Nixon" or "Mickey Mouse". We need the NandO or WRAL to tabulate the numbers and types of dismissals these clowns are handing out for violent and/or drug offenses. I can point everyone at the record of a guy who spent the 80's in Federal prison for dealing drugs, got out, and Willoughby and some random judge VOLUNTARILY DISMISSED a DUI charge against him. Just threw it out. He's still dealing right now. This is what our courts teach criminals. I'm not a fan of putting people in jail for possession of drugs at all, but simply dismissing charges for possession or DUI is madness.

  • koolbike1 Aug 13, 2010

    Raise your child in the right way according to the bible..."Wildcat" Hmm... like brainwashing your kid is going to teach him/her good morals. Teach them a make beleif story and they won't kill or harm anyone. How does anyone actually beleive this?

  • wildcat Aug 13, 2010

    What can we do about it? kristen168

    Raise your child in the right way according to the bible and when he/she is old they will not depart from your good teachings. Learning to say no and not many yeses. Not giving into them for everything. Being the parent and not allowing the child to rule your home. Be the parent and not a friend to your child. This is just a start.

  • Kristen168 Aug 13, 2010

    My, my what is this country coming to when people kill like this. It's epidemic. What can we do about it?