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September 7, 2013

Morgantown grand jury indicts teen in friend’s death

MORGANTOWN — A grand jury in Morgantown has indicted a teenage girl suspected of plotting with another girl to kill her longtime best friend.

Media outlets report a Monongalia County grand jury indicted Shelia Eddy on Friday on one count each of first-degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy.

Earlier this week, Eddy’s case was moved from juvenile to adult court.

Eddy is accused along with a classmate, 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf, with luring Skylar Neese out of her Star City home in July 2012, driving her into the Pennsylvania woods and stabbing her to death at an agreed-upon moment. The motive has never been revealed.

Shoaf has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is awaiting sentencing. She told police the girls no longer wanted to be friends with Skylar, but the victim’s parents believe there was more to it.

Prosecutors have said they plan to recommend a 20-year prison sentence for Shoaf and will oppose any move to have her sentenced as a juvenile. But she could get as many as 40 years under the law.  

Skylar, a University High School honors student, slipped out the window of her ground-floor bedroom and never came home. The break in the case came Jan. 3, when Shoaf finally told investigators the truth — and where to find the body.

Skylar’s remains were found hidden under branches in a secluded spot in Wayne Township, Pa., near the unincorporated West Virginia community of Macdale.

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