Two Virginia Tech students sat at a Cook Out fast-food restaurant in Blacksburg, Virginia, last month, maybe drinking Cheerwine floats, maybe having a dozen hush puppies — and, prosecutors say, plotting the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl.
Details of the scheme were revealed in a bond hearing on Thursday: According to prosecutors, David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers talked about how to lure the young girl, Nicole Lovell, out of her house and to a remote location to cut her throat and then hide her body in the trunk of a Lexus. Lovell's body was found on the side of the road 80 miles from her home on January 30, at the end of a three-day search that had started when the seventh-grader and her Minions blanket vanished via her bedroom window on a Wednesday night.
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Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death in a fast-food restaurant
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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Eisenhauer, 18, was arrested in his freshman dorm room the same day Lovell's remains were found. The star cross-country athlete is believed to have had an "inappropriate relationship" with the 13-year-old girl. The two allegedly met on the social-networking app Kik. Investigators believe Eisenhauer was scared that Lovell had begun to talk about their relationship — she'd shown his photo to a friend, bragging about the older guy she was meeting up with, according to WTKR — and decided to take drastic action.
Prosecutor Mary Pettitt said Keepers's motive for aiding in the plot was less direct: "She wanted to be part of something secretive and special." She's charged with two counts of being an accessory to murder and with concealing a body. Eisenhauer was charged with abduction and murder. Both are being held without bail and, if convicted, face 20 years to life in prison.