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Trial to begin in Apex teen's slaying

Posted September 12, 2010
Updated September 13, 2010

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— The trial begins Monday for a man 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.

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.

With the trial near, people who were close to Silliman are bracing for some difficult days ahead.

"Losing Matt was about as close to losing a son as I could even imagine,” Silliman's former Boy Scout leader, Alan O'Neal, said Sunday.

O'Neal said he plans to attend the trial but knows it’s going to be hard on him.

"To be reliving it, rethinking it, anticipating the next step, what's going to happen, having to be seeing objectively, as well as emotionally,” he said.

According to prosecutors, 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.

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.

O'Neal said regardless of the trial's outcome, he doesn't want Hare to suffer but rather realize what has been taken.

"I say realize instead of the usual suffer, because I don't want him to suffer. I don't want anybody to suffer anymore. We have done that. Been there, done that. The time for healing has come,” he said.

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  • joekathyjoekathy Sep 22, 2010

    Beachboater, I would think this would rise to the Death Penanty however most DA's wont ask for death in the possibilty that one of the jurors will not accept death as a penalty no matter how hanious. I know in Florida it takes only the majority of votes not sure of North Carolina law. They are ALL guilty no matter where the finger points.

  • joekathyjoekathy Sep 22, 2010

    This is Not assisted suicide. I have an advanced law degree. Also a Eagle Scout of 1981 this has been kinda personal in nature. I suspect ryan hare will be found guilty. I would be rather amazed if this panel of jurors can be that ignorant. I aslo suspect Mom & Dad, Patrick Ryan an his wife, best try to cover their assets, in that this began before (conspiracy etc, an thought of murder) the actual murder. I find it interesting that this individual Ryan Hare has had other run in's with the law, he is NO saint. But right or wrong that is why we have a jury trial.

  • BWWHAAT. Sep 16, 2010

    It was certainly premeditated. They were 17 when it happened though. The defense is going to argue that Ryan assisted w Matts suicide but the coroner ruled cause of death was asphyxiation, so the wine and horse tranquilizer only sedated him, the bag over the head and zip ties are what killed him. Be interesting to see how it plays out.

  • beachboater Sep 13, 2010

    Because of the cruel nature, would this not qualify for the death penalty? To have tape, plastic bag and a hammer in a vacant house sounds like it was premeditated.

    So sad that young people are capable of such a horrible crime.

  • cowboyinfv Sep 13, 2010

    What they did to the young boy is a nightmare. None of them should get a plea deal, they are all guilty, period.

  • JAT Sep 13, 2010

    yes, Moon, they are ALL guilty of the same crime. If 4 people rob a store, and one shoots a gun and kills someone or even if they don't shoot and the victim has a heart attack and dies, they are all guilty because a death occurred during the commission of a crime. They ALL plotted it, planned it, followed through with it and hid it. They're ALL guilty.

  • The Oracle Sep 13, 2010

    All GOLO's should be excused from any jury duty.

  • Desiderata Sep 13, 2010

    GULTY for all 4. Maximum sentence!!!!!!!!!!

  • moon2orchids2 Sep 13, 2010

    No, not all of them where there when the murder happened.

  • 2beachy4u Sep 13, 2010

    moon2orchids2...they are all guilty of the same crime. They all worked TOGETHER and were present when this young man died. It really shouldn't matter who tightened the tie to the bag over his head, they all stood there and let it happen. You couldn't be more wrong. I agree with howdiditgettothis.

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