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Court Transcript: Teenagers Planned Skylar Neese's Death, Covered Her Body With Branches
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 16, 2013 @ 7:13PM
Created on May 16, 2013 @ 12:40PM
It turns out the two teenagers charged with the death of Skylar Neese mapped out a plan to murder her. That's according to court transcripts from the plea hearing when 16-year-old Rachael Shoaf admitted to killing her supposed best friend.
Earlier this month Shoaf pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Neese's death.
Another teenage girl was also arrested, but since she's being charged as a juvenile no details about her have been made public.
However, that transcript from Shoaf's plea hearing paints a chilling picture of what happened the night of the murder.
Apparently Shoaf, and the other girl, picked up Neese and then drove to Pennsylvania. It's said the trio got out of car and that's when they attacked and stabbed Neese to death.
The transcript indicates Shoaf, and the other girl tried, but failed to bury Neese's body.  When the two couldn't bury her they covered her with branches.
Those transcripts also allege that it wasn't until January of this year when Shoaf confessed to police. That's also when she lead them to Skylar's body.
After hearing all of this the judge had suggested prosecutors had enough to charge Shoaf with first degree murder, but Neese's family was reportedly okay with the plea since she lead them to Skylar's body.
Just hours after the original plea hearing took place 5 News talked to Skylar's dad, Dave. He had harsh words for Shoaf, but said he felt bad for her family.
"It's so heartbreaking that not only did we lose our daughter, but they have lost theirs too," Neese said. "It's heartbreaking it really is."
The judge has ordered Shoaf to undergo an evaluation. After that happens, she'll be sentenced, and could face up to 40 years behind bars.

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