MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monongalia County teenager Shelia Eddy pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and murder charges involving the 2012 death of Skylar Neese.

Eddy, 17, dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit, appeared briefly before Monongalia County Circuit Judge Russell Clawges during Tuesday’s arraignment. Eddy was indicted Sept. 6 in connection with Neese’s slaying.

Neese disappeared July 6, 2012, when Monongalia County prosecutor Marcia Ashdown said the girl sneaked out of her bedroom window to meet up with Eddy and Rachel Shoaf.

Prosecutors believe Shoaf and Eddy drove Neese to Greene County, Pa., where they stabbed her to death and tried to bury her body.

The victim’s father, Dave Neese, told reporters after Tuesday’s arraignment that he wasn’t convinced by Eddy’s not guilty plea.

You liar, you liar, you liar—that’s the only thing that kept going through my mind,” he said. “She looked over at me at smiled a couple of times trying to get a reaction from me, but I just got up and left the courtroom.”

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

Shoaf, 17, pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder. According to court documents, she admitted to stabbing Neese to death the night she disappeared.

While Shoaf awaits sentencing, Eddy remains in the jail without bail. Her trial date has been tentatively set for the week of Oct. 22.

Dave Neese said he expected Eddy’s case to go to trial.

If they think they can beat the prosecutors let them go for it, but something tells me they won’t be able to,” he said. “She (Eddy) is a liar through and through. She’ll keep lying until she dies. She’ll say she didn’t do it. She’ll have every reason in the world, but once a liar always a liar, and that’s what she is—a liar.”


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  • Ryan

    For those of you who don't understand our crappy system, pleading not guilty first is a part of getting leverage for a lesser sentence. The prosecution doesn't want to take the time or spend the money to prove it, so they will offer the plea bargain for her just to admit it. In this case, it obviously didn't work because the prosecution had all the evidence anyway to make that conviction. When she knew their was no hope of getting anything better, she pled guilty. She pled "not guilty" as in "you cannot prove anything" even though they really could. She didn't plea Innocent. She was playing the game as it were. Because our court system is a game. I would also like to make it known that none of you know her, or anything else really about her, but you are still quick to condemn. It reminds me of the movie "Twelve Angry Men" Give the poor girl a chance. None of us know her life story, all that we know is that she made a VERY serious and grave mistake. She is now paying the price. That that isn't good enough for some of you sickens me. None of you are any better than her and if you think you are you are wrong. "He who does not forgive, therin lies the greater sin" Get over your high and mighty selves and worry about your own god damn life. What she did was about as horrific and messed up as it gets, but it gives you no right to pass any judgement.

  • Daniel

    Had that little lying, white trash P.O.S. smirked at me while sitting in court, accused of murdering my child: Justice when have been handed down right then and there! Even if they would have restrained me, I wait till she is paroled, take her by force to where she left my child in a shallow grave and give her own of her own! The criminal justice system in America is to blame for this type of ignorance happening on a daily basis! The liberals in the political and justice system have really tainted and stained our "once proud" country! Prayers for the Neese family that they one day find peace in their heart for such a tragedy.

  • Jesse's girl

    Is it not wonderful what happens when we as a society get rid of the 10 Commandment: thou shall not-- steal, bear false witenss, commit adultry, murder?

    Well, those responsible for removing any vestige of decency and morality from our society and our school system and thus the lives of young people should be doing a happy dance. They got the exact opposite of those "horrible, constricting" 10 Commandments. By removing them, young people are left to just be animals--Rachel and Shelia are examples.

    • Ryan

      You're wrong. Those who cannot forgive have the greater sin. They are people too. No better or worse than you. I am ashamed of you as a fellow so-called "Christian"

    • Larry

      You're absolutely right.

  • ben

    How long until Nancy Grace sets up residency in Morgantown?


    Just remember, all, that Rachel went to the cops and confessed. She did an evil thing but I don't think she is inherently evil. Shelia on the other hand reeks of evil in every look and action. She will probably thrive in prison.

  • Jenny Griffith

    yep bring back the death penalty

  • Sammy

    If my daughter had been murdered by these two, there would be NO need for a trial. Just sayin'.

  • Gunga Din

    String 'em up -- it'll teach 'em a lesson.

  • Sportsman

    Does anyone know why they are being tried in WV when the crime was committed in PA? PA has capital punishment which is what they both deserve.

    • Paul

      Because so much time and effort was expended by WV authorities. The crimes were in fact orginated WV. Skylar's body was found just yards across the state border.

      Rachel was orginally granted immunity. But when Skylar was found to have been murdered in PA, the PA authorities were going to take over jurisdiction. A deal was worked out between WV and PA whereby WV would maintain jurisdiction.

      Tons of information is contained in the following. It's now past 3500 posts so it will take some time to get through it, but this case is heart breaking as well as intriquing.

    • Debby

      Because the crime started in WV......

    • Debby

      Beause the crime started in WV.....

  • Paul

    Oh, and I need to add that had Rachel not had a mental break down and confessed, both of them would still be free and poor Skylar would still be lying in the woods.

    Shelia is evil. Pure evil to the core.

  • Larry

    I'll bet you anything she comes from a broken home and was not loved as a child.

    • Paul

      She did come from a broken home, as did Rachel. From what has been pieced together, Shelia had nothing until her mom remarried. She then had quite a bit and made fun of those who didn't have nice clothes, etc.

      This is much deeper than the product of a broken home. This was a calculated, well planned and thought out, cold blooded, brutal murder of her best friend who had a very bright future. The lies after, the cover up and the continued denials, lack or remorse and smirking at the Neeses show that Shelia is a sociopathic piece of trash. Away with her!!

      • Larry

        Yeah, I agree with all that, but I do think that poor upbringings play a part, almost all of these types of killers have the same backstory.

        • Mel

          No, she does not have the same back story. A huge amount of kids come from single parents homes. A tiny minority will go on to committ murder. Coming from a single parent home does not make you more likely to murder your best friend!

          When single parent children grow into violent criminals we usually see psychological, physical and/or sexual abuse by a parent or step-parent.
          We also often see parents with alcohol or drug addictions.

          Eddy's step-father is quite wealthy and there has been no indication of any inappropriate relationship there.

          There was no troubled background in this case. I think with this girl, no matter what her background was she would be trouble. To meet another friend with similar problems is a recipy for disaster and Skylar paid the price.

          I'm interested to hear both of the girls psych evaluations and info if it ever comes out.

  • blugldmn

    She'll be out in twenty or less....

    • PrincessMoFo

      Very doubtful since the other girl who did a plea bargain got 20 years.. this girl will see 40+

  • Dale

    After reading all these posts, it appears that voters (if elected officials would allow it) would approve a constitutional amendment re-egnacting Capitol punishment.

  • D.P.

    I agree with 100% with ALL 12 of the above posts! These two EVIL ------- will lead a TERRIBLE life while they are incarcerated (hopefully for a very, very long time)!

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Neese and family. I hope these two scumbags NEVER EVER enjoy a happy moment during the rest of their lives!!!