In 1992, four teen girls tortured and killed 12-year-old Shanda Sharer. Melinda Loveless, 17, Laurie Tackett, 17, Hope Rippey, 16, and Toni Lawrence, 16, plotted to murder Shanda as retaliation for Shanda dating Loveless’s ex-girlfriend, Amanda Heavrin. The Indiana teens picked up Shanda under the ruse Amanda was at an abandoned property near the Ohio River. After Loveless threatened Shanda with a knife, the foursome tied her up. Subsequently, the teens beat, strangled, and stabbed Shanda. They forced her into the trunk of the car and moved her to another location. The girls, minus Lawrence, then carried Shanda to a field and burned her alive.
Prosecutors maintained the motive for the murder was jealousy - the same motive identified in the 2003 ‘Miss Irresistible’ murders. Jefferson County courts tried the four teens as adults. They accepted plea bargains to avoid the death penalty and pled guilty to counts of murder, arson, and criminal confinement. Loveless is eligible for release in 2019, after serving approximately 25 years of a 60-year sentence.
Shanda Sharer Started A Relationship With Amanda Hearvin
The Perpetrators Were Teens With Troubled Backgrounds
Loveless Didn't Reveal Her Plan Right Away
They Lied To Get Shanda To Come With Them
They Taunted And Beat Shanda
Then They Stabbed And Strangled Her