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Police: Tyler Hadley Showed Off Cash Before Murdering Parents

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Tyler Hadley  (Source: Port St. Lucie Sheriff's Office)

Tyler Hadley (Source: Port St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office)

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FORT PIERCE (CBS4) – There are new details in the case of a South Florida teenager accused of bludgeoning his parents to death with a hammer.

Newly released police documents say Tyler Hadley showed off thousands of dollars in cash before hosting a party for friends.

A batch of documents in the Hadley case was released Monday.

It includes photographs of him at an ATM hours after the alleged attack last month, and statements from friends who say he then showed them about $5,000 in cash.

Several 911 calls placed by people who had attended the party were also released.

911 dispatch: “Did he say anything specific, like did he hurt them? Are they still alive?
911 caller: “My understanding of it was that he killed them.”

Another person at the party called Crimestoppers to report what they had heard, then Crimestoppers reported it to a 911 dispatcher.

Dispatcher: “I’m sorry, he did what to his parents?”
Crimestoppers: “He’s claiming that he killed his parents at about 5 p.m. last night and they’re in the house dead.”

Hadley has pleaded not guilty in his parents’ killings. His defense attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

The documents say Hadley was habitually truant from school but had no conduct problems and earned mostly Bs and Cs. Evidence seized from the home hints at some mental problems for the teen, including a bottle of antidepressants.

Police said Tyler Hadley was high on ecstasy when he beat his parents to death with a hammer, then threw a house party via Facebook invites while their bodies remained in a locked bedroom, according to police reports.

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