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Police: Mom Screamed 'Why?' During Hammer Attack

Police: Mom Screamed 'Why?' During Hammer Attack

Associated Press

July 21, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — A Florida teenager told a friend that he stood behind his mother for about five minutes in contemplation before finally plunging a hammer into her head, according to police documents released Wednesday.

Police said Tyler Hadley, 17, described the attacks to an unidentified friend at the party he threw in his Port St. Lucie home last Saturday night after the killings.

By the friend’s account, 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, and 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.

Hadley is charged with murder in the deaths of Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley and is being held without bond. His public defender, Mark Harllee, entered a written not guilty plea on his client’s behalf Wednesday, but said he couldn’t comment further.

“We’re still looking at all the facts and all the paperwork,” he said.

The lead prosecutor on the case, Tom Bakkedahl, said of the affidavit: “It’s clear to us that there’s sufficient facts to charge with premeditated murder.”

The latest details of the killings are contained within a juvenile arrest affidavit released Wednesday by the Port St. Lucie Police. It was first obtained by Treasure Coast Newspapers.

The friend of Hadley’s, identified only as “MM,” told police he received a call from the suspect Saturday afternoon claiming he planned to kill his parents, a threat he didn’t take seriously because it had been made in the past.

Later that day, the friend told police, Hadley made the same threat again.

At the party that night, Hadley asked the friend to step outside to talk, confessing to the killings, according to the report. When the friend didn’t believe him, Hadley pointed to his parents’ cars parked in the driveway. He still wasn’t convinced.

Hadley then showed his friend a bloody footprint in the garage and, ultimately, the bodies in the bedroom, police said.

Police responded to Hadley’s home early Sunday morning after receiving the tip from his friend. When they arrived, they found a “nervous, frantic and very talkative” Hadley, dressed all in black, with enlarged pupils and “a blank stare.”

Inside, the home was in disarray, according to police, littered with beer bottles and the butts of cigars. Dried blood appeared to be on the frame of the locked master bedroom door. When they got inside, a large amount of blood was seen on the floor and bed sheets.

Dining room chairs, a coffee table, clothing, picture frames, mirrors, bedding, towels and miscellaneous papers were strewn about the room, according to the report. An officer removed two chairs, saw a man’s blood-covered leg, and called for an ambulance.

Picking up a calendar off the floor, the arm of a second victim was found, according to the affidavit.

Hadley told his friend he planned to commit suicide by taking painkillers before police arrived, according to the report.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago

    Wow, this kid is one for the books

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    You will reap what you sow.
    Oh, no he won't as he will never have the chancve to
    have sex with a woman to have kids who
    will grow up and kill him.

  • Me2_max50


    about 3 years ago


    This is disgusting. He has a special place in hell.

  • 21_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I hope that he is never released into society again

  • 19227-clipart-illustration-of-a-black-and-white-coloring-page-of-a-magical-flying-phoenix-bird_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump skanea1, I agree. What is wrong with people these days, so many murders....its sad....God help us!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    What's going down with the homicide rate in Fla?I thought all nut jobs lived in sunny California.I hope they don't impanel the same type of flakes for a jury as sat in the Casey Anthony fiasco.As pretty as this punk is he'll be somebodies girlfriend for the next 65 years.

  • 100_1750_max50


    about 3 years ago


    He can`t get the death penalty. You have to be 18. I doubt he will ever see the light of day. It`s a good thing. If you can do such a violent thing to your parents what could he do to a stranger? Lots of people use drugs. Not many bash both parents in the head with a hammer.

  • 21r13_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump skanea1

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    If I were the prosecuting attorney I'd have no problem asking for life behind bars for this case!

  • Imag1641_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Skanea1... You have a terrific grasp of these specific issues in todays society and I appreciate and agree with your take on it. BUMP!!

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump skanea1, very well said.

  • Thumbnail_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Reminiscent of the Menendez boys, eh? Bump Skanea1!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    This is more than likely just another spoiled brat who was pissed of because mommy and daddy wouldn't give him what he wanted. Freakin lil brat!!! Prime example: the Melendez brothers. They better fry this lil fucker!!! As for claiming mental illness~~that's a crock of crap. This was premeditated, the lil shit knew what he was doing and he should pay with his life!!!!

  • Me_max50


    about 3 years ago


    skanea1 - Well said!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Bump skanea1, good insight

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