STAR CITY, W.Va. – The parents of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl say one of the friends accused of stabbing her to death had been like a second daughter to them.
But she lied to them for the better part of a year about what happened last July.
The unidentified juvenile had been friends with Skylar Neese since age 8, and Mary Neese says the girls became inseparable when they hit high school.
Now that girl and another classmate — 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf — are charged with plotting the attack. Only if she is charged as an adult will the second suspect be identified.
Mary Neese says she defended the girl for months, until lies tripped her up with police.
Only when Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder did the truth begin to emerge.