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Teen admits to plotting best friend's murder

16:42 Wed May 29 2013
Alexandra Pleffer

A US teenager has reportedly admitted to plotting to kill her 16-year-old best friend.

The community of Star City, a small town in West Virginia, searched for missing honours student Skylar Neese for months after she climbed out of her bedroom window and calmly got into a car on her street without any money last July.

Now court transcripts from a secret plea hearing earlier this month paint a chilling picture of two girls' carefully planned murder of their friend Skylar, WDTV reported.

Rachael Shoaf, 16, and another teenager were charged with luring Skylar out of her family's apartment, driving her to Pennsylvania, pretending to socialise with her and then attacking and stabbing her to death at a time they had agreed on beforehand.

Court documents allege the girls couldn't bury their friend's body so they covered her with branches.

Shoaf didn't confess to second degree murder until January and then led police to Skylar's body.

She and the other girl spent time with Ms Neese's mother after her death and had even helped with search efforts for their missing friend, CBS News reported.

The court documents don't give any clue as to the motive for the murder.

Witnesses have come forward to say they heard the two girls plotting to kill Skylar but thought they were just joking, WBOY reported.

While the other alleged murderer's identity has not been released, local barber BJ McClead told CBS News most people in the town of fewer than 2000 people had already figured out who she was.

Shoaf's family has made a public apology through a lawyer and said her actions were "unforgivable and inexcusable".

"Our hearts are broken for your loss and we are still trying to come to terms with this event," the statement said.

Skylar's father Dave said he felt also sorry for Shoaf's family.

"It's so heartbreaking that not only did we lose our daughter, but they have lost theirs too," he said.