By Joan Murray

PORT ST. LUCIE (CBS4) – A Port St. Lucie teen accused of beating his parents to death with a hammer before throwing a house party made his first appearance before a judge on Tuesday, and reportedly made a stunning admission to a friend about the murder of his parents.

During the hearing, bond was denied for 17-year old Tyler Hadley who is charged with two counts of second degree murder.  It was also decided that Hadley, who is on suicide watch, would get a court appointed attorney.

None of Hadley’s family attended the hearing.

Hadley’s best friend Mike Mandell told WPTV in West Palm Beach that the teen confessed to him that he had killed his parents.

“I opened the door saw bloody sheets piled everywhere. I saw broken pictures with blood on them. I looked down and saw his dad’s leg,” said Mandell. “I was in shock. I was sitting down. I didn’t know what to do.”

Mandell also said that Hadley admitted to him that he had taken 3 ecstasy pills before committing the brutal murder, and that he was planning on committing suicide.

Mandell says he has spoken with police about what he saw that night. Port St. Lucie Police have not commented on Mandell’s stunning revelation.

Read Tyler Hadley’s Arrest Affidavit

Police in the small St. Lucie county city say they don’t know why Blake and Mary Jo Hadley were killed, but when they arrived just before 5 a.m. Sunday in response to the tip, a “nervous” Tyler Hadley first told them his parents were out of town. As they investigated, they found the bodies in the master bedroom, covered with household items in what they believe was an attempt to hide the bodies. The house was littered with beer cups and there were clear signs a large party had taken place.

“We believe the homicide occurred outside the master bedroom,” sometime Saturday afternoon, said Tom Nichols, a spokesperson for Port St. Lucie police.

Police believe the parents were killed after the teen sent party invitations out via Facebook, but hours before the party started.

“We believe that mom was killed first, and then dad, and then Tyler put the bodies back inside the room where they were laid out on the floor,” said Nichols. “The hammer was between them, and he attempted to cover the bodies with household items.”


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After the murder, police said, Tyler hosted between 40-60 people in a party that started between 9 and 10 p.m., and broke up in the early hours of Sunday morning. Guests apparently danced and drank beer as the bodies of Tyler’s parents lie in the master bedroom covered with sheets, towels and picture frames.

Police say Tyler advertised the party on Facebook. An acquaintance showed CBS 4 the posts Tyler sent. At 1:15 pm on Saturday, Tyler wrote, “Party at my crib tonight…maybe.”

At 8:15 Saturday night, Tyler posted again about a party.

Even Sunday morning at 4:40 am, Tyler wrote on his Facebook page that there would be a party at his house.

“We’re still in the middle of talking with some of the party-goers,” police said, and they are asking anyone who attended to contact them. Nichols said there is some indication there were rumors among people at the party Hadley had killed his parents and the bodies were in the house.

Kimberly Thieben is a neighbor and friend of Tyler’s. She attended the party and said Tyler was acting normally.

“He seemed happy,” Thieben said ” Like he was having fun. He was a good host and everything.”

Thieben said it was “freaky” knowing that she was in a home with two dead bodies just feet away.

“I love Tyler to death,” she said. “He’s still a good friend of mine regardless of what happened. But it’s crazy. I can’t see how someone can do that and then throw a party.”

Thieben said Tyler told her his parents were on vacation.

Another party-goer, who declined to give his name, said Tyler did say something unusual Saturday night.

“He said don’t go on the back porch, don’t go in any of the rooms, really,” the young man said.

There was talk about where Tyler’s parents were and someone called in an anonymous tip to police early Sunday morning around 4:30 am.

Police came to the home to make a ‘welfare check’ based on the call, and Nichols said when when they investigated, going room to room, they found the bodies. Tyler was taken to police headquarters for questioning and police obtained a search warrant. While examining the bodies, they found the hammer.

Read Tyler Hadley’s Arrest Warrant

Police said the parents met a very violent death.

“The blunt-force trauma to the head and the torso, with that 22-inch framing hammer, can inflict significant amount of injury,” said Captain Don Kryak, one of the investigators.

“The crime scene was a merciless killing,” said Kryak. “It was brutal, and then the Facebook invitation to the party, and to have your friends, 60 people come over, I think speaks for itself.”

Police are still trying to understand the reason for the murders. Captain Kryak said the deaths did not appear to be “rage killings.”

“I don’t want to speculate about the dynamics of the house and the relationship with his parents,”, he said, “however that’s certainly something we want to dive into a little more and get a better understanding of what takes place inside the house.”

In addition to his parents, an older brother had lived in the home with Tyler until recently, when he moved out.

Blake Hadley’s nephew, William Markankron, said the family cannot make sense of the violence that took the lives of their loved ones.

“Everybody’s devastated and we’re trying to figure out why? Why would this happen?” Markankron said. “We need some answers.”

Blake Hadley worked at Florida Power and Light for the last 30 years.

“Our thoughts and prayers with Hadley family,” said company spokesman Doug Andrews.

The Hadley’s next door neighbor Raeann Wallace said she’s known the family for 25 years. She said Tyler was a respectful child but that he ‘vanished’ for the last year or so.

“He wasn’t in his right mind; drugs or alcohol had to be involved,” said Wallace, “It isn’t what a normal person does, kill your parents and then have a party.”

Police said it appears Tyler is a high school dropout, who had later attended Indian River State College, which he had left under what police called “some questionable situation”. Police said he may have had plans to start at school this fall.

Comments (17)
  1. No Thank You says:

    There’s that word, “Facebook” again… I guess he wanted alot of people to “like” him. These social networks often seem to be a conduit for seriouc crimes and hatred.

    1. South Beach Guy says:

      Really?!?!?!? You think Facebook made him do it?!?!?!? Maybe it is all that Rock n’ Roll music these darn kids listen to these days. lol

      What a moron you must be.

      1. Baroness rothschild says:

        that plus television’s heavy hand to destroy the American family.Stern, Bevus, Simpsons, and the “HEY DUDE” crop of shamelesss sormonbishes.We are done.

  2. Ricky says:

    No thank you must be about 75 years old. Facebook is not a conduit for crime or hatred. That’s almost as stupid as saying that video games caused Columbine. Its simply a reflection of what people below the age of 30 think. Now if you want to talk about the decaying moral fabric….

  3. vivian says:

    I am so disgusted with society. I don’t want to know more than what is on tv and the newspaper. It has and it always be the same. We humans are self destructed one way or another. Whether smoking, killing the planet, working way too hard for material things. Anything you don’t do in the name of God ends in dead sooner or later. Amen.

  4. Rebecca says:

    It’s not only facebook. So, Don’t go accusing things you do not know. Facebook is just a social site people go on. He did not go so people could “LIKE” Him. Maybe he felt like he had control now.

  5. Alf Swanes says:

    Watch how this case goes to a jury and he is not convicted, same as in Casey Anthony, this system sucks,

  6. shootious says:

    its pretty sad that none of his family members went to court, it might be a sign of how the family was behind closed doors, either way, very sad news.

  7. Carol says:

    If I had a child between the ages of fiveteen (15) on up I would lock him or her out of my house and never allow them inside because to me they are a bunch of pit bulls and dangerous to have in the house because if they don’t get their way they kill who ever isn’t doing what they want. I hate saying that but it seems so true.

    When I was growing-up in the year of the flood is you even thought of harming our parents in anyway shape or form because I didn’t get what we wanted we would pay the piper in more than one way but those were the days when RESPECT OF PERSON PLACE AND THING was in place and that was a hard and fast rule.

    This is such a sad story I really don’t have the proper words at least not for this web-site.

    Look what Casey did to Caylee she killed her baby because she didn’t allow her to party and thought nothing about it but when she got caught she lied and lied to get out of what she did.

  8. Howard Camner says:

    Note to this kid’s defense attorney: So you’re going to enter a plea of “not guilty”. Let’s think about that for a minute. me crazy, but your client is guilty. How do defense attorneys sleep at night representing people that they know damn well are guilty? Since this is South Florida, the kid will go free and most likely head straight for Home Depot.

    1. phantom says:

      most likely. with the incompetent jurors, judges and attorneys, i see it happening.

  9. phantom says:

    He’ll play the insanity act, be found not guilty by reason of insanity, be admitted to a mental institute for a couple month, he stops acting, they believe he was cured and release him back to society. If I was a relative I would hunt him done till I died.

  10. Marie Evans says:

    I’d like to know how1 skinny 17yo can overtake both parents! They weren’t old and infirm. His mother was 38 and his father early 50’s. He had a hammer! Not a gun!. The Bible talks about children turning on their parents in the final days. Ecstasy? I think the missing Pembroke pines lady is going to be found dead by her child too. Someone explain to me how this kid could overtake both parents. One should have been able to get away and run for help.

  11. El Caballo Hairy says:

    Splain how he gots into college if he’s a high school dropout…Many say he will walk.they’re not thinking thru..only baby mama drama walks with a jury stacked with women and 5 wuusses.

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