Virginia Tech students plotted to kidnap and kill girl - reports

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(Reuters) - Two Virginia Tech students plotted to kill a 13-year-old girl, buying a shovel and loading her body into the trunk of a Lexus before dumping it in a remote location, a prosecutor said on Thursday, according to media reports.

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The details emerged during a bail hearing for one of the students jailed in the death of Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Virginia, the town where the university is located.

Natalie Keepers, 19, is charged with being an accessory before and after the fact of the murder, as well as with concealing a dead body. David Eisenhauer, 18, a fellow first-year engineering student, is charged with murder and abduction.

A judge denied bond for Keepers at the hearing in Christiansburg, Virginia, a court official confirmed.

Prosecutor Mary Pettitt said the students planned for Eisenhauer to lure Lovell from her home on the promise of a date before taking her to a selected site to cut her throat, the Roanoke Times newspaper reported.

Pettitt did not give a motive, the paper reported, but said Keepers expressed she "was excited to be a part of something secret and special with Eisenhauer."

Keepers maintained she was not present for the killing but told police she helped Eisenhauer load Lovell's body into the trunk of his Lexus, the prosecutor said, according to the newspaper.

Keepers testified she had been receiving counseling and taking medication for mental health issues, the paper said.

Pettitt could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Police have said Eisenhauer took advantage of a prior connection with Lovell to abduct and kill her.

A neighbor whose daughters played with Lovell hours before her disappearance last week has told reporters Lovell had shared texts she exchanged through the smartphone messaging app Kik with an 18-year-old male she planned to meet.

Lovell is believed to have been stabbed to death on Jan. 27, the day she disappeared. Her body was found Saturday in a wooded area in North Carolina, about two hours from Blacksburg.

Kik Interactive spokesman Rod McLeod said the messaging service responded to emergency requests from the FBI and believed the information provided helped lead to the suspects' arrests.

Keepers and Eisenhauer could go to prison for life if convicted. Their arrests have shocked acquaintances.

"The David I knew had his faults, but this is beyond the scope of imagination," Gaige Kern, who ran cross country with Eisenhauer at Virginia Tech, wrote on Facebook.

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A worker directs traffic in the parking lot of a Blacksburg, Virginia, funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. McCoy Funeral Home hosted visitation for 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, who authorities say was stabbed to death after she disappeared from her home. Her body was found in North Carolina, and two Virginia Tech students are charged in her death. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)
Stacy Snider talks to a reporter outside her home in Blacksburg, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Snider's twin daughters say slain teen Nicole Lovell, a former neighbor, showed them a photo of an 18-year-old man named David on her phone, called him her "boyfriend."(AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
Tammy Weeks cries as she speaks to reporters in Blacksburg, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Weeks says her 13-year-old daughter, Nicole Lovell, fought health problems all her life and had dreams of singing on "American Idol." (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
Tammy Weeks holds one of her slain daughter's stuffed pandas during a news conference in Blacksburg, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Weeks says her 13-year-old daughter, Nicole Lovell, fought health problems all her life and had dreams of singing on "American Idol." (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt pauses during a news conference about the slaying of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell in Blacksburg, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. 2016. Pettitt said preliminary results show the girl was stabbed to death. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
This January 2016 photo provided by Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, who was arrested in connection with the death of Nicole Madison Lovell. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Blacksburg Police Department shows Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)
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Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson, center, speaks during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Blacksburg Va. Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose remains were found in North Carolina. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, left, and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson listen to questions during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Blacksburg Va. Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose remains were found in North Carolina. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

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(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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