MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Monongalia County circuit judge has moved up the trial date for a Morgantown teenager charged with murder.

Judge Russell Clawges has reset the trial for Sheila Eddy for Jan. 28, 2014. It had been scheduled for Feb. 11, 2014.

Eddy, 18, was charged last year in the murder of Skylar Neese, 16, of Star City. Neese snuck out of her home in July 2012 and was later reported missing by her parents. Her remains were found in Greene County, Pennsylvania just north of Morgantown earlier this year.

Police charged Eddy and Rachel Shoaf, 18, with murder. Shoaf has  pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. 

Judge Clawges will hear pretrial motions in the Eddy case Jan. 22. She remains in jail awaiting trial.

 

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  • jay ziehm

    based on visual news reports on her court appearances her attitude and visual expressions makes me think that she thinks this is going to be just like going to a church picnic. let the evidence put justice where it belongs. guilty or not guilty.

  • chasmo

    life w/out mercy and, Eddy, enjoy the women you meet cause they are sure going to enjoy your little arrogant a** attitude !!

  • Brian

    Hang 'er high

  • jag

    Why is she being tried in WV & not where the body was located?? does anybody know/

    • Paul

      PA deferred to WV due to the work they did on the case. Skylar was murdered just a few yards across the border.

      However, the followiing is my humble opinion, from what I can piece together from following this story since day 1:

      Shaof was originally granted immunity for whatever reason. It was determined that Skylar was murdered in PA . PA said we are taking over and she doesn't have immunity in PA. Legal ramifications ensued over the immunity since Shoaf led them to Skylar under the belief that she had immunity.

      Shoaf was left in a quandry. What if she let PA take over, challenged the immunity and won? She would be free.

      But, what if she challenged and lost? Then she would be sentenced under the much tougher PA laws.

      PA laws are much tougher than WV. If PA took over, the entire case may have fallen apart if it was determined that the information Shaof gave could not be used. Shoaf did not want to roll the dice and lose on that point, and get tried in PA where the laws are much tougher.

      So, she struck a deal to be sentenced in WV (she can get up to 40 years, and the prosecutor is recommending 20).

      She still got 4 months of total freedom from the time she confessed to the time she pled and was led away (Jan.3 to May 1) as part of the deal.

      During which she tweeted about smoking pot, drinking with her mom, and posting pictures of a beach trip to Virginia Beach (all documented).

      • Paul

        Forgot to add:

        Shoaf's plea agreement contains the case that allows WV to maintain jurisdiction although the murder occurred in PA.

        PA still wanted its pound of flesh, but WV took over for the reasons I already outlined.

        • AG

          This may have made a difference in why it is tried in WV rather than PA but there is more of a legal reason as well. Since the WV prosecution has decided that she was technically kidnapped this gave WV jurisdiction since the crime would then have started in WV it doesn't matter where it ended. Even though Skylar left her room willingly she was still believed to have been lured out by her friends with the original intention of committing a violent crime against her.

  • Paul

    Meant the only thing that saved Skylar from Shoaf getting away free was them killing her in Pennsylvania.

  • Paul

    She will get life. This is as cold and calculated as they come. Not only that, but it took the life of a beautiful and very bright 16 year old. Throw in the cover up, total lack of remorse and arrogant attitude, and this piece of trash has seen her last days of freedom.

    Too bad Shoaf gets to get out due to a messed up immunity deal. The only thing that saved Shoaf from life was these two killing Skylar in Pennsylvania.

    Enjoy prison life, Shelia. You'll make a very nice play toy for several of the ladies.

  • IRON HORSE

    THIS COLD MURDRER NEEDS LIFE WITH NO CHANCE OF FREEDOM!!! THE PUBLIC WOULD BE AT A GREAT RISK IF SHE IS EVER RELEASED. SKYLAR'S LIFE WAS ENDED & HER LOVED ONE'S WILL HAVE TO CARRY THIS LOSS & PAIN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THIS COLD 18 YR OLD MURDER SHOULD SERVE LIFE FOR THE LIFE SHE DESTROYED.