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Trial date set in Apex teen's slaying

Ryan Patrick Hare is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew Silliman, 18, who was found Dec. 2, 2008, at an unoccupied property in New Hill.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The trial of an Apex man accused of killing a high school student in 2008 has been set for Sept. 13.

Ryan Patrick Hare is one of four people charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew Josiah Silliman, 18, whose body was found Dec. 2, 2008, at an unoccupied property in New Hill.

An autopsy found he had been beaten with a hammer and died from asphyxiation.

Silliman had been missing for a week before sheriff's deputies found his body. Arrest warrants said the homicide occurred Nov. 30.

Hare's trial was originally set for May but was pushed back after investigators received an anonymous e-mail implicating a fifth person in Silliman's death.

Three others charged in the case – Allegra Rose Dahlquist, Aadil Shahid Khan and Drew Logan Shaw – have been offered plea deals in exchange for their cooperation and testimony against Hare.

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