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Teen reaches plea deal in Hurst slaying

FORT WORTH -- One of seven teens accused of fatally shooting a Hurst man in a robbery that went bad near Hurst Junior High in February has been sentenced to 10 years probation for his role in the slaying, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Four others, including the accused shooter, are awaiting trials on charges of capital murder.

Cary John Adair, 18, of Hurst, reached a plea agreement with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office last week and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault serious bodily injury.

The 18-year-old also agreed to testify against others in this case, prosecutor Mark Thielman said Thursday.

Adair had been charged with capital murder in the killing of Reed Ballard, 20, of Hurst, who police say was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

On the night of Feb. 15, police say Ballard rode with an 18-year-old friend who was on his way to sell marijuana at the junior high to one of the teens, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

But the marijuana purchase was a ruse to allow the teens to assault the 18-year-old in retaliation for an alleged burglary that the teens believed Ballard’s friend had committed against one of them, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, without provocation, a then 15-year-old in the group pulled out a small handgun and fired into a Chevrolet Blazer, killing Ballard.

The affidavit states that Adair drove a few of the accused teens up to the junior high.

Other teens: The 15-year-old has been certified to be tried as an adult. Russell Dow, now 16, is awaiting trial on a capital murder charge.

Miguel Alcorta, 18; James Dallas Hudgins, 17, and Scott Thomas Defee, 18, all of Hurst, also are awaiting trial on the same charge.

Probation: Two 16-year-olds were placed on probation earlier this year until they turn 18 in exchange for testifying against the others. The teens are not being identified because they are juveniles.