Shanda Sharer's mother to appear on Dr. Phil
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One of Kentuckiana's most horrifying murders is about to get national attention, decades later.
The killing of 12-year-old Shanda Sharer in 1992 shocked many because of its brutality and because of the four teenage girls convicted of her death: Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey and Toni Lawrence.
From time to time since her daughter's death, Jacque Vaught has shared her thoughts and feelings with the local media, but the excruciating details that must be hard for a mother to imagine, let alone live with, will be part of Vaught's national television debut.
In an episode of the Dr. Phil show, Shanda's mother and sister recount the emotional and painful details of her death.
"Her cause of death was smoke inhalation because she was alive when they set her on fire," Vaught said in an interview with the television talk show host.
More than 19 years after Shanda was tortured, sexually assaulted, beaten and set on fire in a Madison, Indiana field, her story still is almost too hard to believe: how revenge over a teenage love triangle could lead four girls to such an inexplicable crime.
"I just can't imagine what she went through," Vaught said to Dr. Phil. "I just don't know that I can describe how I feel about it. I've always prayed that god took over and kept her safe and didn't let her feel the pain."
Vaught says the Dr. Phil show contacted her about telling Shanda's story. She said she accepted to be her daughter's voice.
That episode of Dr. Phil is set to air on WAVE 3 Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m.
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