Sentencing Hearing For Port St. Lucie Man Who Killed His Parents
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WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – A sentencing hearing got underway Monday for Tyler Hadley, who at the age of 17 killed his parents at their Port St. Lucie home and then threw a party.
Police said Hadley was high on ecstasy when he beat his parents, Mary Jo Hadley, 47, and Blake Hadley, 54, to death with a hammer on July 16th, 2011 then threw a house party via Facebook invites while their bodies remained in a locked bedroom, according to police reports.
According to police documents released, Hadley told his friend that he stood behind his mother for about five minutes in contemplation before finally plunging a hammer into her head. A friend said, when Hadley struck his mother with the hammer, she screamed one final question to her son: “Why?”
When his father walked into the room, Hadley told the friend that they locked eyes before he started beating his father with the hammer, too.
The boy took his parents’ cell phones away ahead of the attack so they couldn’t call for help, according to his friend’s account.
When it was over, the parents were dead.
Hadley spent three hours cleaning up the blood, before hosting dozens of friends. Hadley told the friend he was surprised how long the cleanup took.
The details of the killings were contained within a juvenile arrest affidavit released by the Port St. Lucie Police.
Last February, he changed his plea from not guilty to no contest.
The prosecutor in the cast, Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl, has asked the the judge to sentence Hadley to two consecutive life sentences. If the judge agrees, Hadley wouldn’t be eligible for parole until he was at least 67, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Hadley’s sentencing hearing is expected to last one to two weeks.