Interrogation tape played in Silliman trial

September 22, 2010 4:36:10 PM PDT
The jury deciding the fate of Ryan Hare watched a video Wednesday of his interview with a detective in December, 2008.

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

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.

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

Hare is accused of being the mastermind behind the plot that ended with Silliman's death. Prosecutors say he was angry about a relationship between Silliman and Dahlquist - who was his girlfriend.

Shortly after Silliman's body was found, Hare was brought to the Wake County Sheriff's Office to speak with a detective. The conversation in an interrogation room on Hare's 18th birthday was recorded on video.

It was that tape that was played for jurors on Wednesday.

In the recording, Hare was advised of his Constitutional rights by Detective Bob Campen with the Wake County Sheriff's Department. Then, Campen began asking about Silliman.

"When was the last time you saw Matt," Campen asked.

"Two days after he got back from D.C." Hare responded.

Hare was mostly evasive early on in the hour and 45 minute recording, claiming he had not seen Silliman for two weeks.

"Your friends have all been truthful. I'd hate for you to not get that opportunity," Campen told him.

Hare did talk about how he knew Silliman and the other teens accused in his murder.

Silliman, according to testimony, was bipolar, suicidal and had a romance with Dahlquist who was Hare's girlfriend when she and Hare broke up for a short period.

"Tell me about Matt and Allegra," Campen asked Hare in the interrogation tape.

"They kissed," Hare told him.

Prosecutors say jealousy over that incident drove Hare to recruit friends to kill Silliman.

Dahlquist has testified that Silliman drank wine laced with horse tranquilizers, and when he passed out, she and Hare placed a plastic bag over his head while he was still breathing.

The defense has tried to pick apart the prosecution's case, saying Silliman had attempted suicide in the past, and Hare only took part in an assisted suicide in Silliman's December, 2008 death.

However, a medical examiner testified Wednesday afternoon that the cause of death was not the drugs and wine, he said it was the bag over Silliman's head killed him before the drugs could.

Dahlquist and Khan were classmates at Apex High School with Silliman at the time of his murder 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 were under 18 at the time of the alleged murder.

Dahlquist testified as part of a deal with prosecutors that allowed her to plead guilty to lesser charges. She has not yet been sentenced.

Kahn struck a similar deal with prosecutors, but they have since said he will not testify and have asked the judge to scrap the plea agreement.

Shaw has testified without a plea agreement - saying he was not present at Silliman's death and won't take the second-degree murder charge plea offered by prosecutors.

The jury may begin deliberating the case as early as Thursday.

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