MORGANTOWN — Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Ashdown alluded to a possible relationship between Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy and an ending of a friendship as events that led to the killing of Skylar Neese.

During Friday’s (Jan. 24) plea and sentencing hearing and in a media session afterward, Ashdown provided some of the details of Neese’s killing and the investigation.

Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Shoaf previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and awaits sentencing. Neese was friends with Shoaf and Eddy, but the two killers began to distance themselves and feared the friendship dissolving, Ashdown said.

There was fear Neese would divulge secrets. It’s is bit difficult to say what specific secrets, Ashdown said, but a possible one was about a possible “involvement” between Eddy and Shoaf.

They then made a plan to pick up Neese and kill her. On the night of July 5-6, 2012, they picked up Neese from her home. Ashdown said there was a conspiracy between Eddy and Shoaf to “rid themselves” of Neese.

They hid their weapons, “smoked dope” and the three traveled to Pennsylvania. There, Eddy and Shoaf had a signal, a countdown, and attacked Neese, Ashdown said. They stabbed her many times. Neese tried to flee, but could not.

“They stood over her until her last breath,” Ashdown said.

They tried to bury her, but instead left her in a wooded area. A months-long search ensued and it wasn’t until Shoaf confessed and provided details on the remains locations that they were found.