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Trial to begin in Apex teen's slaying

Posted September 12, 2010 10:00 p.m. EDT
Updated September 13, 2010 4:35 p.m. EDT

— 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.