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15-year-old to stand trial as adult in Hurst capital murder case

FORT WORTH -- A 15-year-old Hurst boy accused of fatally shooting a Hurst man near Hurst Junior High in February was certified as an adult Wednesday afternoon to stand trial on a charge of capital murder.

State District Judge Jean Boyd issued the ruling against Russell Dow in an adult certification hearing at the Scott D. Moore Juvenile Justice Center.

Dow was certified after authorities noted that Dow had been referred to juvenile officials nine times and he had been on juvenile probation twice.

Dow had planned to use the slaying as the subject for a rap song, according to testimony Wednesday morning from Hurst Det. Daniel Bedillion.

Dow is one of seven teens accused in the killing of 20-year-old Reed Ballard. Dow is accused of being the shooter.

Two 16-year-olds have already reached plea agreements with prosecutors and they were sentenced last month to probation until they turn 18. They are not being identified because they are juveniles.

As part of the plea agreement, both teens must testify against the other five teens.

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

On Feb. 15, police say, one of Reed Ballard's 18-year-old friends agreed to meet with Hudgins to sell him marijuana at the junior high. Ballard rode with the 18-year-old friend at the last minute, police said.

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