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Second suspect pleads guilty in Apex teen's slaying

Posted August 26, 2010

— A second suspect in the 2008 slaying of an Apex High School student has pleaded guilty, authorities said Thursday.

Aadil Shahid Khan pleaded guilty late Wednesday to charges of second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted first-degree murder. He will be sentenced later.

The body of Matthew Josiah Silliman, 18, 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.

Wake County deputies charged four teens in his death: Khan, Ryan Patrick Hare, Allegra Rose Dahlquist and Drew Logan Shaw.

Dahlquist pleaded guilty on Aug. 13 to the same charges as Khan. Shaw also has been offered a plea agreement in the case, prosecutors said.

Dahlquist, Khan and Shaw are all expected to testify against Hare during his trial. Jury selection is set for Sept. 7.

The suspects are believed to have been friends or acquaintances of Silliman. 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 have said that Hare and Dahlquist were once in a romantic relationship and that Hare was jealous of Silliman's close friendship with her.

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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  • flyingcheetah92 Aug 27, 2010

    tgiv- well stated!

  • down2earth Aug 26, 2010

    @showsomelove - thank you! A crime is a crime despite the race of the offender. It amazes me how black offenders are stereotypical single family homes living off welfare while it is never the assumption with white offenders.

  • kcr4982213 Aug 26, 2010

    All out in 20 or less years.....No justice!

  • livelovelife219 Aug 26, 2010

    NC Guy- I couldn't agree with you any more.

  • livelovelife219 Aug 26, 2010

    Bless the victims heart. I cry every time I see an update to the story. These four people anger me inside to a point I haven't felt before. My heart and prayers go out to his family. WRAL hasn't posted my previous post because I voiced what I think there fate should be. We'll see if this one goes through.

  • tgiv Aug 26, 2010

    I wish nothing bad for these young people, but their action create its own unwanted rewards. I wish justice for Mr. Silliman. To somehow imagine that this crime is any less vicious than the murder of Eve Carson makes no sense. How can there be 2nd degree murder charges in Mr. Silliman's case, and 1st degree charges for Ms. Carson's killers?

    One other issue raised, these are not children. They committed an adult crime and they were either adults, or close enough to adulthood to have clearly understood the wrongness and consequences of their actions. I say this with no hate, animosity, or malice. It's simply a fact, and it makes little sense for this type of crime given the circumstances and ages of the criminals to make age a significant issue.

  • livelovelife219 Aug 26, 2010

    Death Penalty for all four of them... Period. I don't want to see them live the rest of their lives in jail. They don't deserve to breathe any longer.

  • itom68 Aug 26, 2010

    there should be a charge of agrrivated torture

  • ncmedic201 Aug 26, 2010

    Tired, I think sweet was referring to maveduirs first post about how the kids don't sleep at night etc.

  • GALNC Aug 26, 2010

    I don't believe any of them should be able to plea bargain...what they did was vicious and sick. They are all guilty and should die by a hammer/plastic bag like they did to the victim..who they mutilated after his death. It is a sad story, but I have no patience for these plea deals.... nothing will bring back Matthew...so why do they deserve a break.