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Jury selection begins for trial in Apex teen's slaying

Posted September 7, 2010 1:26 p.m. EDT
Updated September 7, 2010 4:55 p.m. EDT

— 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.