Port St. Lucie, FL — Tyler Hadley, the teen accused of beating his parents to death with a hammer then threw a party, has filed a notice declaring he will rely on an insanity plea in his upcoming trial.
For those of you who do not remember this psycho and what he did to his parents, let me refresh your memory. According to Hadley’s best friend, Michael Mandell, the teen had repeatedly talked about killing his parents, 47-year-old Mary Jo Hadley and 54-year-old Blake Hadley, but no one took him seriously until July 16, 2011.
That’s when Hadley sent out Facebook invitations to a party he was throwing at his house. ”Party at my crib tonight … maybe,” he posted on Facebook at 1:15 p.m. July 16, about four hours before the homicides. He updated at 8:15 p.m.: “Party at my house, hmu (“hit me up” or “contact me”).”
During this party, Hadley told his best friend that he’d killed his parents earlier that day. Not believing him, Hadley took Mandell to his parents bedroom where Mandell could see the legs of Hadley’s father sticking out from underneath a pile of household items.
Hadley told Mandell that he had taken three ecstasy pills before standing behind his mother, an elementary school teacher, as she played games on her computer. He contemplated killing her for about five minutes before using a 22-inch claw hammer to strike her in the back of the head. After a few blows from the hammer, Hadley told Mandell his mother turned to him and asked, “Why?”
Having heard his wife’s screams, Hadley’s father, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 300 pounds, entered the room. Hadley and his father reportedly held each other’s eyes for a full minute before Hadley attacked and killed his father. Afterwards, Hadley says it took about three hours to clean up all the blood.
Mandell said that after showing him the bodies and admitting what he’d done, Hadley went back to the party and acted as if nothing had happened, showing no remorse, no regret, nothing. Mandell is the one who called CrimeStoppers to turn his friend in, and is also the star witness for the prosecution.
In November, Hadley referenced his insanity plea in a letter he wrote from jail to his best friend, Michael Mandell. “We do have a very strong defense and could beat the (first-degree murder) charge if we go to trial. I could be lookin’ at 20-40 years in the pen, but at least I’ll get out. If I plead insanity and go to a state hospital, I’m lookin’ at 10 or 15 years. That’s what I pray for.”
If convicted of first-degree murder, 19-year-old Hadley faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Because he was only 17-years-old at the time of the homicides, he cannot be executed.
In February of 2012, Tyler Hadley was accused of signing “autographs” on copies of newspaper stories about his parents’ deaths and even signed one while adding: “”I don’t know if you’re a fan, but you should be. It’s hammer time.”