Teens Charged With Murdering Their Best Friend in the Woods (VIDEO)

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sheila eddyTwo teens have been accused of killing their best friend -- but they may serve adult-scale sentences. Last summer, 16-year-old Skylar Neese went missing. After searching for months, police got a breakthrough; 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf, supposedly Skylar's best friend, confessed to the teen's murder and led police to her body in a wooded area about 30 miles away from their home. Now another teen has been identified as an accomplice in Skylar Neese's murder. Seventeen-year-old Sheila Eddy has been charged in Skylar's death and prosecutors say they want to try her as an adult.

Skylar's father, Dave Neese, had some grim words for this latest news. He said Sheila "can now get what she has coming ... Well, she done an adult crime, she needs to be tried as an adult. She didn't do something that a minor does. She did something an adult would do." But is that really a reason to try Sheila as an adult?

Prosecutors say Rachel and Sheila lured Skylar out of her house and into the woods, where they stabbed the girl to death. Rachel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and awaits sentencing, which could be severe. Prosecutors say they will recommend a 20-year prison sentence and will oppose attempts to sentence the teen as a juvenile. Sheila hasn't entered a plea yet, but her behavior after the murder is shocking. Right after Skylar went missing, Sheila tweeted, "Rest easy Skylar. You'll always be my best friend. I miss you more than you could ever know." She also helped search for Skylar.

I know the crime is horrific, and I can understand why Skylar's family would want to see justice served. Police haven't revealed the motive for Skylar's murder, so we still don't know what led Rachel and (allegedly) Sheila to murder their best friend. But I still feel like there are some good reasons why teens are tried as juveniles rather than adults.

Yes, teens do occasionally commit adult-like crimes, as Skylar's father puts it. But they commit those crimes with underdeveloped judgment. The teenage mind is significantly different from an adult mind. That should matter.

On the other hand, at least Rachel's sentence is relatively light, for a murder. I'm sure her young age was taken into account. She'll still be in her 30s by the time she is released. If convicted, Rachel might get a similar sentence. If she really did participate in the murder, I hope she'll enter a plea so at least her victim's family doesn't have to go through the agony of an open trial.

Do you think teens should be tried as adults when they commit serious crimes like murder?


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linzemae linzemae

Yes they should! This is disgusting. Something is wrong with you if you can repeatedly stab someone

Pam.N.42 Pam.N.42

I am sorry but there is never an excuse for murder and I think its terrible that this kid will be walking the streets again after killing someone! I don't care how young you are, they are old enough to understand that someone is dead and they caused that, they also know what murder is, they aren't like 5 where I would believe it was an accident. This had intent, so they should be treated like adults!

Angie... AngieHayes

Are you seriously saying that these girls should be less punished because they are younger? It is people like you and the reason why the justice system is the way it is. They killed someone, on purpose, and I am sure the reason is pretty stupid. My sister was beat the shit out of in the parking lot and absolutly nothing happen to the people who did it to her, and all she was doing was walking to her car. We need harsher punishments.


Eddie... EddiesMama83

This is the problem- kids who commit heinous crimes ALWAYS get away with murder. They know they can get away with it because the law favors them. Maybe if they actually got punished severely, kids would stop commiting crimes.

BTW, I bet they killed this girl over a boy. This story actually reminds of a made-for-tv movie I saw 20-something years ago about girls killing another girl over a boy.

flood... flood1971

You need your head checked. Lock them up, throw away the key. Done. Or maybe let her move in with you when she gets out. How about that?

Jessy76 Jessy76

I'm sorry but at 17 in my eyes you ARE an adult and at 16 you are close enough to an adult. If you can commit an adult crime then you MOST CERTTANLY can take an adult punishment. These girls KNEW what they were doing was WRONG and made a choice to do it. Those are adult choices and they deserve adult consiquences. I have to seriously have to question WTF you are thinking if you think that simply because they are teens they should get lesser punishment.

JS0512 JS0512

Are you SERIOUS with your questions, or does this site feed you your lines?  These girls absolutely deserve to be tried as adults.  They lured her out of her home and killed her.  They are more than old enough to know that this is wrong and I think 20 years is pretty light.

nonmember avatar Elise

This article was poorly written. It's sheLIA not Sheila. Oh yeah and I totally agree. At 16 they had absolutely no idea what they were doing. Psh yeah freaking right. It's people like YOU who have absolutely no sense. Good god. This is why our justice system is so weak. I hope once Rachel gets out, she meets you in a dark alley. She stabbed her FRIEND to death...imagine what she would do to you. There is a reason some stated will try kids as young as 13 for murder. Wake up you idiot.

Peggy Moore Hubbard

yes, because they know what they are doing is wrong

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