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Skylar Neese and Sheila Eddy were friends and classmates at University High School in Morgantown.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A second teenage girl has been charged as an adult in the 2012 murder of teen Skylar Neese. 

Shelia Eddy, 17, was elevated to adult status Wednesday in Monongalia County Circuit Court by Judge Russell Clawges.

Earlier this year, 17-year-old Rachel Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Neese’s death. According to court documents, Shoaf admitted to stabbing Neese to death the night the Monongalia County girl disappeared. 

Eddy was also charged in connection with Neese’s murder, but officials did not release her name until today because she is a juvenile. She could be indicted soon.

Monongalia County Prosecutor Marsha Ashdown released a brief statement following the hearing: “The juvenile matters pending against Shelia Eddy were transferred to the adult jurisdiction of the Circuit Court of Monongalia County.  All further proceedings will take place in the criminal court jurisdiction.”

Neese, Shoaf and Eddy were all classmates at University High School in Morgantown. Dave Neese, the victim’s father, has said he thought the two suspects were Skylar’s best friends. Prosecutors have not publicly discussed a motive in the slaying. 

The prosecution will recommend a 20-year sentence for Shoaf, while the defense will request she be sentenced as a juvenile, which would likely mean a lighter penalty. Her plea agreement requires her to “offer truthful and forthright testimony in any subsequent proceeding deemed necessary.”

Skylar Neese disappeared July 6, 2012, when prosecutors said she snuck out of her bedroom window to meet with Shoaf and Eddy. 

Monongalia County Prosecutor Marcia Ashdown said Shoaf and Eddy drove Neese to Greene County, Pa., where they stabbed her to death and tried to bury her body. 

Six months passed before Shoaf finally came forward and talked to police about her involvement in the murder. Neese’s decomposed body was found in a ditch about 20 miles west of Morgantown.


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  • Steve

    To the Neese Family,

    I watched your daughters story on 20/20 last night and was completely outraged. Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy should have both received life sentences without parole regardless of their plea deals. They are evil and will be judged by a higher power when it comes time. Skylar seemed like a beautiful person and my deepest sympathies go out to the Neese family. If it were my child that was the victim I would do everything in my power to legally go after both Rachel and Sheila's families for wrongful death. I didn't sleep at all last night after watching this 20/20 episode due to the great amount of sadness I felt for both Skylar and her family. Over time I hope your pain gets better and always remember the great times you had with Skylar. I also am a parent and I understand completely that this is every parents worst nightmare. May god be with the Neese family and know that Skylar is watching you from heaven as an angel with a smile on her face. You will always be in my prayers.

  • Halley T

    I hate that ppl r argueing over the dumbest stuff on this post about a girl that lost her life. No matter ur beliefs u should show respect for skylar and her family. And yes for the FAMILIES of the other 2 girls involved. Those families are hurting too and wondering what they did in the way they raised their daughters. Just wanna point out again...a girl lost her life!

  • Sam n' Ella

    Mental masturbatory fantasies about hanging people on the courthouse lawn aside, there would be no case without this girl having come forward. Seems like its both fair and in the common interest to give her a sentence that is both stiff yet gives her a chance at eventually becoming a productive member of society.

    • Jr

      You must be kidding. Surely you are not at all interested in having a nice productive member of society stabbing your daughter? You must be related to the murderer to have such a lack of disgust over a life cut short for no reason. TAKING UP FOR SOMEONE WHO STABBED A HIGH SCHOOL GIRL TO DEATH. I CANNOT imagine your intentions here. She cracked under pressure of the investigation and spilled the beans. Lets just set her free today. LIBERAL A**holes.
      BTW my mental masturbation fantasies are none of your business. Haha.

  • Jr

    Some people don't need help they need a noose.
    If it was your daughter stabbed over and over maybe your liberal views would change.
    Any murderer should get a one time appeal then a nice short rope on a tall tree out front of the courthouse. That will deter crime.

  • missjocool

    20 years is what the prosecution RECOMMENDED.... does not mean the judge cannot charge 40. 40 is the max. It is up to the judge to decide the sentence, not the prosecutor. Keep that in mind. Stop fretting over 20 when it hasn't been handed down yet!

  • DLT

    Not to get into a scriptural war but God commands Christians to try the fruits of the Spirit. Which spiritual fruit is cold blooded killing, lying to and deliberately deceiving their victims family? Just to name 2. But they are to be tried in secular, man's court just not for justice but protection of society so I think their antisocial behavior is a valid and questionable point.

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  • DLT

    I really think she got off light. I think these two girls are callous, selfish, and definitely display antisocial behavior. Maybe one is the leader the other the follower both definitely need evaluations. Ask yourself the real question if they get out will one or both repeat the offence? Their reasons, if there can be a rational reason, does not ring true. There is more behind this murder then is evident now, and sociopath logical personalities are very good at wearing sweet, normal, intelligent, masks.

  • john

    These two kids are going to get an education that was never taught at MHS!

  • NCWV

    Both of these young ladies should get married and have daughters of their own someday. In their dreams every night they can see the murder with their daughter's face in the place of Skylar's. Maybe they'll have a little taste of what Skylar's parents must be feeling.

  • DropZone

    If convicted, then hang these girls in the town square for all to see and witness. Let the bodies hang there for a couple of days while you parade every high school student in Mo-town by them. Let the lesson be, if you pull this kind of crap, then this could be you. Could be hundreds of life lessons learned by this for all those who chose to keep quiet about what they knew. Hang the skanks!!!!!!

  • bigred

    20 years is WV you get day for day good time...meaning she would complete her sentence in 10 years and unless the judge specifies when she could go up for parole then she could be eligible in 5 years...then after one year of. Parole she would be done with her sentence!!! This is an absolute out rage and its so sad for the neese family. I'm sure they feel that the legal system is ggiving these girls a break becbm good families but where is the justice they should get life in prison with out parole. So they would have a lifetime to think about what they have done....sitting here arguing about the death penalty is pointless....WV doesn't enforce the death penalty so what's the point of voicing an opinion about that. What we should be trying to argue is the sentence this girl received and try to prevent that sentence for the second girl!!!!

  • tonya

    I don't think I'm sick at all...I think the girls that killed skylar are!!!! Think about ! Do YOU want them released to have the chance to ever kill again!!! If sothen YOURE SICK! I mean come on think about the type of person it takes to kill another person for no reall or just reason..I know I could never do it..I hope I never have to defend my seld against some one, becouse I don't ever even want to hurt some one that I have to , to protect myself. & they both pleaded guilty. .& besides that the first girl came forward on her own to the police after 6 months, & took them to skylars body..w/ o that the police may never have known what exactly happened to skylar or where her body get over your self!! its not like there's even a remote chance their not guilty! !!!

  • tonya

    Hey, you never know on a 20 yr sentence they still may not come out alive , maybe they'll get nocked off in prison by another inmate! ! It happens all the time...someone already serving a life sentence or on death row doesn't exactly havemuch to loose.from what I hear a lot of inmates don't like child malesters and child killer's. ..we can always hope!

  • tonya

    But I also should say I don't think the death penalty should be done quickly after sentencing, I do believe inocent people are prosecuted every day & they should have the time allotted to them to go through the appeals fase & prove their not guilty if so.