Testimony resumes in Silliman murder trial

Ryan Patrick Hare appears in a Wake County courtroom September 7, 2010
September 19, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
Testimony in the Matthew Silliman murder trial resumed Monday morning with the testimony of Thomas Como with City-County Bureau of Identification.

Como was the officer who catalogued much of the evidence taken from the crime scene and from Silliman's body after it was removed to the medical examiner's office.

Como's testimony dealt mainly with what was collected and where. While it wasn't as dramatic as earlier testimony from witnesses in the case, it's crucial information for the jury deciding fate of the accused.

Ryan Patrick Hare, 19, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Matthew Silliman of Apex in December, 2008.

Police have implicated three other teens in the murder: Aadil Shaaid Kahn, 18, Allegra Rose Dahlquist, 19, and Drew Logan Shaw, 18.

Dahlquist and Khan were classmates at Apex High School with Silliman at the time of his death while Shaw was a sophomore at Panther Creek High School. School officials have said Hare withdrew from Panther Creek earlier in 2008. All of the defendants, except Hare, were under 18 at the time of the alleged murder

Sheriff's investigators found Silliman's body on the bathroom floor of an empty mobile home near New Hill in southwestern Wake County on December 3, 2008. According to the medical examiner, the Eagle Scout was drugged and suffocated.

Hare is accused of being the mastermind behind the plot that ended with Silliman's death, while the defense maintains it was an assisted suicide.

Evidence has suggested that Silliman was voluntarily drinking a toxic mixture of wine and tranquilizers the night of his death. Dahlquist testified last week that after Silliman passed out, she and Hare put a plastic bag over the teen's head while he was breathing.

If Hare is convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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