MORGANTOWN — The insurance companies involved in the Skylar Neese wrongful death lawsuit will not have to provide a defense in a local case, according to a federal court order.

In July 2012, Skylar left her Star City home and met with Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy. The three drove to the Blacksville area, where Eddy and Shoaf attacked and stabbed Skylar to death. They left her body in a wooded area. Shoaf confessed six months later and led police to Skylar's remains.

Shoaf pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with mercy, which makes her parole eligible after 15 years. Both are housed at the Lakin Correctional Center in West Columbia.

In 2014, the civil suit started against the teen killers; Tara Clendenen, Shelia's mother; and Patricia Shoaf, Rachel's mother. In September 2014, insurance providers – of home and auto insurance for the families – filed a request in federal court asking for an order saying they don’t have to provide a defense in the Mon County case.

The federal court asked for guidance on two issues from West Virginia’s highest court. The Supreme Court advised that public policy precludes coverage for the mothers — because Skylar's murder was expected or intended by the daughters, who were co-insured on the policies.

This week, the parties in the lawsuit met in federal court and agreed there was nothing left to decide as a result of the Supreme Court’s guidance. The only task left for the court was to rule in favor of the insurance providers, according to court records