David Neese left the courtroom but returned. Later, he said, "Why did she keep looking at me? She was trying to get a reaction." He remained silent during the five-minute proceeding, then cursed Eddy softly as deputies led her out.
Neese said he still can't fathom how two girls his daughter loved could turn on her. "You think somebody's your friend and they turn around and kill you?" he said. "Come on! That's not the way it's supposed to work.
"I will never, ever understand it," he added.
Shania Ammons, a 17-year-old senior at Clay Battelle High School, lives near the area where her friend's body was found and has known Eddy since the fourth grade. Eddy once lived in that rural part of the county before moving to Morgantown to attend University High School with Skylar Neese.
After the hearing, Ammons recounted how Eddy told her the girls had gone out for a joyride before dropping Skylar off at home. "I believed everything she told me. Her story never changed. "
The arraignment was the first time Ammons had seen her former friend since the day of her arrest, and she, too, remains baffled by the possible motive.
"I have tried and tried to figure it out, and there seems to be none," Ammons said. "They were inseparable. Like sisters. .<\!p>.<\!p>. They were together 24-7. They talked constantly. They knew everything about each other's lives."
Neese said his wife, Mary, couldn't handle being in court Tuesday, but he plans to attend every day of Eddy's trial, no matter how long it takes.
He said he's had no contact from Eddy, her family or her attorney.
"I don't want to, either," he said.