Teen tried as adult for murder of best friend

ninemsn staff
12:52pm September 7, 2013
Victim Skylar Neese (left) and her friend Rachel Shoaf, who has pleaded guilty to murdering her.
Victim Skylar Neese (left) and her friend Rachel Shoaf, who has pleaded guilty to murdering her.

A teenage girl accused of murdering her best friend "because she didn't like her anymore" will be tried as an adult in the US state of West Virginia after she pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors on Wednesday transferred 16-year-old Sheila Eddy's case from juvenile to adult court in a closed-door hearing, WCHS reported.

Sheila was identified as the second teen involved in the stabbing murder of 16-year-old Skylar Neese on July 6, 2012.

Investigators found Skylar's body six months later, but only Rachel Shoaf, 16, confessed to the brutal murder.

She has since pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors and is awaiting sentencing.

Skylar, a University High School honours student, climbed out the window of her bedroom on July 6 and never came home.

She was initially considered a runaway, but Rachel surprised investigators when she admitted to plotting the murder with another girl.

The accused teens are alleged to have lured Skylar into Pennsylvania woodland before stabbing her to death to avoid being her friend.

Skylar's father Dave Neese said he wished Sheila would have pleaded guilty to spare he and his wife the agony of a trial.

"I don't want to hear the grisly details of how Skylar was murdered," he said.

"I don't want to hear how she screamed and cried. But I do want these girls to get what they deserve."

Source: WCHS
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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