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Teen gets probation in fatal Hurst shooting

FORT WORTH -- The second of seven teens accused in the February slaying of a young man near Hurst Junior High was sentenced to 22 months' probation Tuesday morning as part of a plea bargain.

The 16-year-old agreed to the plea before State District Judge Jean Boyd just before a hearing to have him tried as an adult. The adult certification hearing was dismissed.

The teen must stay on probation until he turns 18.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty to juvenile delinquent conduct/aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the killing of 20-year-old Reed Ballard on Feb. 15.

As conditions of his probation, the 16-year-old must wear an electronic monitor, adhere to random drug tests, must meet with his probation officer every day, not associate with gang members or the other six teens accused in the crime and must attend school.

Last week, another 16-year-old pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to 15 months probation.

The teens agreed to the plea agreement on the condition that they testify in pending cases against the other five teens.

Prosecutors are seeking to have a 15-year-old accused of being the shooter tried as an adult. That hearing is next week in Fort Worth.

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

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

On Feb. 15, police say Ballard rode with an 18-year-old friend to sell marijuana to Hudgins at the junior high.

But the drug purchase was a ruse to allow the teens to assault and rob Ballard’s friend in retaliation for an alleged burglary at Alcorta’s apartment in Hurst and the theft of drugs and other belongings, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

One of the 16-year-olds has testified that he saw Hudgins and the 15-year-old with the gun walk up to the passenger side of the vehicle.

At some point, Ballard was shot and his friend rushed him to a pharmacy parking lot about a mile away where they waited for emergency responders, police said.

Police arrested the seven teens within a week of the shooting.

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