Guilty verdict in killing of Johnson County high school student
- Sep. 16, 2011
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The Kansas City Star reported Friday that a Wyandotte County jury found a teenager guilty in the April 23rd killing of 16 year-old Johnson County high school student Ryder Spillman. Stephen Reed, 17, of Kansas City, Kan., was found guilty of second-degree murder.
The jury had been deliberating since Thursday and delivered the verdict Friday afternoon. According to The Star, the killing followed a dispute between two rival Johnson County high school factions. Reed’s cousin, Shane Reed, 18, previously pleaded guilty to juvenile charges for his role in Spillman’s death and was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile confinement. Reed is being tried as an adult and will be sentenced October 21st. He will face between 10 and 55 years in prison.