Tyler Hadley, Man Who Killed Parents With Hammer and Then Threw a Party, Changes Plea
Tyler Hadley, the 17-year old Port St. Lucie man who killed both of his parents with a hammer, and then immediately threw a house party, has changed his plea to no contest on Wednesday.
The plea means Hadley could face 25 years-to-life in prison.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, say that they might ask the judge for consecutive sentences, meaning Hadley would spend 50 years in jail before he was eligible for parole.
On July16 of 2012, police say Hadley, stoned on ecstasy, grabbed a hammer, and struck his mother, Mary Jo Hadley, 47, from behind while she was on the computer. Police say he plunged the hammer into her head. Her last words were reportedly, "Why?"
He then turned to his father, Blake Hadley, 54, locked eyes with him, and then swung the hammer down killing him as well.
Hadley then jumped on Facebook and invited his friends to a party at the house. He then spent hours cleaning up the blood before the party.
The party went down as the bodies of Tylers' parents were inside a locked bedroom, according to police reports.
Reports also said Hadley had taken his parents cell phones prior to attacking them, suggesting that the murders were premeditated.
Moreover, according to a juvenile arrest affidavit released by the Port St. Lucie Police, Hadley had apparently told a friend he was planning on murdering his parents. The friend did not take the threat seriously, because it wasn't the first time Hadley had made such a threat.
During the party, Hadley confessed to a friend that he had murdered his parents. He showed the unconvinced friend his parents' cars in the driveway. Then, showed them a bloody footprint in the garage.
Then, he showed the friend the bodies of his mutilated parents.
An AP report following Hadley's arrest said that the teen wrote letters to friends from jail, saying that he "believes he has 'such a strong defense' that he will reach a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a life sentence."
He also wrote his grandparents, saying, "I know [my brother] misses our parents and I really miss them too."
"I feel remorse and guilt every day for what happened," he added. "I just hope the Hadleys and the rest of our family know the reason why everything happened. I don't want people to think of me as a psycho."
Hadley is expected to be sentenced later this year.
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