The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

May 17, 2013

Transcript: Teenagers planned friend’s death

MORGANTOWN — Transcripts of a secret plea hearing show a teenager involved in the 2012 stabbing death of a Star City girl planned the slaying with an accomplice. But their motive remains unclear.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder May 1 in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Authorities have a second juvenile in custody but have not released her name or the charges she faces.

Prosecutor Marcia Ashdown tells the Dominion Post that will happen only if her case moves to adult court.

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Neese’s remains were found in January in Wayne Township, Pa., about 30 miles from her home.

Prosecutors plan to recommend a 20-year sentence for Shoaf. They indicate they will oppose any move to have her sentenced as a juvenile.

Details of the crime remain scant.

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