NEW YORK, N.Y. — The murder of Skylar Neese, a teenager from Monongalia County who was stabbed to death by two of her so-called friends in 2012, will be the focus of NBC’s “Dateline” on Friday night.
Last week, one of those girls, Rachel Shoaf, 17, was sentenced in Monongalia County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison for her role in killing Neese. Shoaf, who will be eligible for parole in ten years, had earlier plead guilty to second degree murder.
“I’m so sorry. No words can describe the remorse I feel,” Shoaf read from a statement during sentencing. “That was not the real me. I became scared and caught up in something I did not want to do.”
In January, her co-defendant, Shelia Eddy, 18, was sentenced to life in prison for Neese’s stabbing death. She’ll be eligible for parole in 15 years.
Prosecutors have said both Shoaf and Eddy picked up Neese on the night of July 6, 2012 and drove their University High School classmate to Greene County, Pa. At an agreed upon time, they stabbed Neese at least ten times with kitchen knives, tackling her when she tried to escape.
After being unable to bury Neese’s body, the two left it covered with branches in a ditch. Shoaf lead investigators to the site in early 2013.
Very little has been said about what may have motivated the murder. Shoaf alluded to fighting between Eddy and Neese.
The “Dateline” report with Andrea Canning, titled “Something Wicked,” will air on Friday night at 8 p.m.