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Teens were emotionless after Apex student's slaying

Posted September 17, 2010 9:28 a.m. EDT
Updated September 17, 2010 6:24 p.m. EDT

— After four days of testimony detailing an Apex High School student's death and the alleged plans leading to it, jurors on Friday heard testimony from detectives who described two of the co-defendants as showing no feelings while being questioned.

Ryan Patrick Hare, 19, is on trial for first-degree murder in the Nov. 30, 2008, death of Matthew Josiah Silliman, but testimony Friday morning focused on three others charged in the case – Aadil Khan, Allegra Dahlquist and Drew Shaw – and investigators' dealings with them after Silliman's body was found two days later.

Worth Brown, a detective with the Apex Police Department, said that, when questioned, Khan led police almost straight to a hole intended to serve as a grave for Silliman's body.

They decided against burying Silliman in the hole because it was filled with water, Khan told Brown.

"He was very nonchalant about it. It all struck us as very odd about how calm and collected he was, just standing there, rocking back and forth, talking about it," Brown testified.

His subsequent arrest didn't faze him, either.

"(There was) no reaction," Brown said. "Just another day is what it seemed like to me."

Detective Benjamin Byrne's testimony was similar regarding Dahlquist, who at one point had feelings for Silliman before going back to her boyfriend, Hare.

"She showed absolutely no emotion," he said. "There was not one tear shed throughout the entire interview."

Witnesses, including Dahlquist and Shaw, testified this week that Hare was jealous of Silliman and created an elaborate plot that included a story of a man named Roger who was out to kill Silliman.

Faced with an ultimatum to be killed or kill himself, Silliman chose to drink a cocktail of horse tranquilizers mixed with wine in an effort to end his life, they said.

Silliman was found with is hands and feet bound with zip ties, his mouth duct-taped and his head covered in a plastic bag with a zip tie tightened around his neck.

Dahlquist testified that she put the zip tie around Silliman's neck and that Hare tightened it when she no longer could.

Byrne testified Friday that Dahlquist told him that Hare tightened it so Silliman "didn't have a pocket of air."

"In her words: 'We wanted to make sure that he died because we hated him. We all did,'" Byrne said.

Defense attorney Robert Padovano asked why.

"The answer she gave me was essentially that he was a bad person who had destroyed so many lives with his actions, that he was such an evil person that he needed to die," Byrne said.

"And she wasn't showing any emotion?" Padovano asked.

"Yes, sir, she was showing no emotion," Byrne said.