Tyler Hadley was seventeen when he murdered his parents. According to court documents Tyler hid his parents cell phones so they could not call for help. He would beat his mother to death with a hammer. When his father came to investigate Tyler would murder him in the same fashion. He would hide the bodies then threw a party in the home. Eventually one of the party goers realized what was going on and phoned the police. This teen killer would be convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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Mike Hadley struggled with strong feelings Thursday as a judge ordered his nephew, Tyler to prison for life for the grisly beating deaths of his parents in 2011.
Mike Hadley’s wife, Cindy, and his sister, Linda Ankrom, quietly sobbed as St. Lucie County Circuit Judge Gary Sweet resentenced the killer to two terms of life in prison during a brief hearing.
“We hope we never have to do this again,” said Mike Hadley, whose brother, Blake Hadley, 54, and sister-in-law, MaryJo, 47, were killed by their son with a claw hammer on July 16, inside their Port St. Lucie home.
“We’re happy with the judge’s decision. It was the right decision to make, and as far as we’re concerned, the only decision,” Mike Hadley, of Deland, said after court. “We’re very pleased that it’s done; we feel like we’ve gone to another funeral today.”
Mike Hadley’s father, Maurice Hadley, of Stuart, was also in court.
The dead couple was found in a master bedroom, the bloodied claw hammer placed between their bodies
After the frenzied attack, he threw a party for dozens of people he invited via Facebook — all while his bludgeoned parents’ bodies remained hidden behind a locked door.
A friend later reported Hadley to authorities and he was arrested the next morning.
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When Tyler Hadley enters the courtroom Monday, he’ll face a new judge looking like a seasoned state prisoner — not the young man who in 2014 was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars for brutally killing his parents at age 17.
On that unforgettable day, Hadley, now 24, was a depressed and anxious teen who had obsessed for weeks about killing his parents, mother Mary Jo, 47, and father Blake Hadley, 54. On July 16, 2011, he did it.
He purposely selected a 17-inch framing hammer and silently stood behind his mother before delivering 36 blows, mostly to her head and back. He attacked his father head on, striking him at least 39 times in the head and chest, according to autopsy reports.
His case may be most widely remembered because of what he did next: Hadley used Facebook to summon about 30 pals to party at his Port St. Lucie home on Northeast Granduer Avenue — with his slain parents’ bodies hidden in a bedroom, buried under stuff he haphazardly stacked around them.
He’d wrapped towels around their heads, and reports show a 22-ounce hammer was later found on the floor in between the bodies.
At least two of his friends who attended the raucous party contacted 911 and reported the murders before dawn the next day.
The Hadley house never was lived in again; in 2015, it was torn down and hauled away.
In 2014, Hadley abandoned plans to seek an insanity defense and agreed to plead no contest to two counts of first-degree murder with a weapon.
His case was the first sentencing of a juvenile killer on the Treasure Coast since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama, which barred automatic mandatory life prison terms for minors.
Hadley had spent two years in state prison when he won an appeal that overturned his life terms and sent his case back for a new sentencing hearing. That hearing begins Oct. 1 and could last into the following week.