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Hurst 15-year-old may be tried as an adult in slaying

HURST -- Prosecutors have filed a petition seeking adult certification of a 15-year-old accused in the fatal shooting of a young man near Hurst Junior High in February.

The Hurst teen is accused of being the shooter in the killing of Reed Ballard, 20, on Feb. 15.

The 15-year-old was one of seven teenagers accused of capital murder in the slaying. Prosecutors also are seeking adult certification of two 16-year-olds accused in the case.

Those three remained Monday at the Lynn W. Ross Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Worth.

The hearing for the 15-year-old is scheduled for April 24 in Fort Worth. One of the 16-year-olds has his adult certification hearing that day. The other 16-year-old's hearing is Wednesday.

The three teens are not being identified because they are juveniles.

Four 17-year-olds -- Miguel Alcorta, James Dallas Hudgins, Cary John Adair and Scott Thomas Defee, all of Hurst -- were arrested in the case. They were in the Tarrant County Jail on Monday, with bail for each set at $500,000.

On Feb. 15, police say, Ballard rode with an 18-year-old friend who was on his way to sell marijuana to Hudgins at the junior high. But the drug deal was a ruse to allow the teens to assault the 18-year-old in retaliation for an alleged burglary at Alcorta's apartment and theft of drugs and other belongings, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The 15-year-old fired into the car, striking Ballard, who died after being driven to a pharmacy by the 18-year-old, police said.