Teen accused of killing parents pleads no contest


A Florida teenager accused of bludgeoning his parents to death and then throwing a party has pleaded no contest to two counts of first-degree murder.

St. Lucie County Circuit Court Judge Robert Makemson on Wednesday set a sentencing hearing for March 10. Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl told WPTV (http://goo.gl/xcvZ1I ) that the state will request consecutive life sentences. He added Tyler Hadley would serve a minimum of 50 years and not be eligible for parole until he’s 67 years old.

Prosecutors say Hadley killed Mary Jo and Blake Hadley in July 2011. That night, some 60 people gathered for a party at their Fort Pierce home, playing beer pong, smoking cigars and drinking. Their bodies were lying in their bedroom. Friends described Hadley as being in a good mood and hospitable during the party.

One friend said Hadley had planned to hold a second party the following night. Instead, police were tipped off, and he was taken to jail.

Hadley’s lawyers failed to have charges changed to second-degree murder because of him being 17 at the time of the killings.

Fellow inmate Justin Toney has told police that Hadley refers to himself as “hammer boy” in jail. Hadley had previously sent jailhouse letters to friends and family expressing hope that he could avoid a life prison sentence or be placed in a state hospital.

Article source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/19/3945938/teen-accused-of-killing-parents.html

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