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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Teen to stand trial as adult in Ryder Spillman murder case

A 16-year-old from Prairie Village will stand trial as an adult in the Ryder Spillman murder case, the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office said.

On Tuesday, Stephen A. Reed was bound over on charges of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a firearm. Spillman, 16, was fatally shot on April 23 outside T.A. Edison Elementary in Kansas City, Kan.

Reed’s cousin, 17-year-old Shane Reed of Prairie Village, will be tried in juvenile court, the court ruled Tuesday. Reed faces a charge of aiding a felon. If he’s convicted, he’ll receive both juvenile and adult sentences. If he fails to comply with the juvenile sentence, he could be forced to serve the adult sentence, the district attorney’s office said.

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