Natalie Keepers reacts after the verdict in her trial. Picture: AP
Natalie Keepers reacts after the verdict in her trial. Picture: AP

Student guilty of helping kill teen

US university student Natalie Keepers, 21, has been found guilty of helping her friend David Eisenhauer, also 21, murder his secret 13-year-old girlfriend.

Prosecutors said Keepers helped Eisenhauer buy a shovel and pick out the location for the murder.

Natalie Keepers attends her trial. Picture: AP
Natalie Keepers attends her trial. Picture: AP

Text messages between the pair showed they discussed ways to kill his girlfriend, Nicole Lovell.

Her lawyers had argued that Keepers never actually believed that Eisenhauer would go through with it.

David Eisenhauer killed Nicole Lovell with the help of Natalie Keepers. Picture: Supplied
David Eisenhauer killed Nicole Lovell with the help of Natalie Keepers. Picture: Supplied

 

Nicole Lovell. Picture: Blacksburg Police Department
Nicole Lovell. Picture: Blacksburg Police Department

Kris Olin said that Keepers had never even met the victim but "loved being part of the plan, not because it was a plan to murder but because it was a plan to be close to David."

Eisenhauer is now serving a 50-year sentence after pleading no contest to first-degree murder.

Keepers says she wasn't present when Nicole was murdered.

David Eisenhauer. Picture: Supplied
David Eisenhauer. Picture: Supplied

 

Natalie Keepers. Picture: AP
Natalie Keepers. Picture: AP

Eisenhauer met Nicole online and met her at least once before he lured her out of her home in January 2016 with the promise of a secret date.

He then took her to a wooded area and killed her because, Keepers says, he was afraid she was pregnant.

Tim and Sara Keepers, parents of Natalie Keepers, react to their daughter being found guilty as an accessory in the 2016 fatal stabbing of Nicole Lovell. Picture: AP
Tim and Sara Keepers, parents of Natalie Keepers, react to their daughter being found guilty as an accessory in the 2016 fatal stabbing of Nicole Lovell. Picture: AP

Nicole was stabbed 14 times, including a deadly wound to her neck.

Keepers confessed to helping to hide Nicole's body.

Tammy Weeks, left, mother of murder victim Nicole Lovell, reacts to testimony during the sentencing phase of the Natalie Keepers trail. Picture: AP
Tammy Weeks, left, mother of murder victim Nicole Lovell, reacts to testimony during the sentencing phase of the Natalie Keepers trail. Picture: AP

Eisenhauer apologised to Nicole's family at his sentencing.

Nicole's dad, David Lovell, said he now suffers severe depression and post traumatic stress disorder since her death.

Keepers will be sentenced at a later date.

Natalie Keepers is lead away in handcuffs after being found guilty by a jury of being an accessory before the fact for the 2016 murder of Nicole Lovell. Picture: AP
Natalie Keepers is lead away in handcuffs after being found guilty by a jury of being an accessory before the fact for the 2016 murder of Nicole Lovell. Picture: AP


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