Files: Teen showed cash after parents' bludgeoning
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A teenager accused of killing his parents with a hammer showed his friends thousands of dollars in cash before playing upbeat host during a party at their Florida home, according to police documents released Monday.
The 156-page batch of documents in the case of 17-year-old Tyler Hadley includes photographs of him at a Chase ATM hours after his parents were killed July 16 at their house in Port St. Lucie. Friends he later picked up en route to the party say he showed them about $5,000 in cash.
Hadley is being held awaiting trial in the deaths of Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley. He has pleaded not guilty.
His defense attorney, Mark Harllee, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.
According to the documents, Hadley made a Facebook posting at 1:15 p.m. the day of the alleged killings, saying "party at my crib tonight ... maybe." He told friends, according to their remarks to police, that he killed his parents around 5 p.m. that day.
It took hours for him to clean up the mess, he told friends, according to police reports. Then, he made a firmer Facebook posting of the party plans at 8:15 p.m.: "party at my house hmu," using the abbreviation for "hit me up," police said.
Around 60 people gathered for the party, playing beer pong, smoking cigars and drinking, according to police. Friends described Hadley as being in a good mood and hospitable, advising they should eat anything they want in the house.
He eventually confided in a friend at the party, according to police, and the secret began making its way to others.
"Bro, I don't want to know any of the details," one of the friends told another, according to a 911 call released as part of the evidence.
He was arrested early the next morning after tips were called into police.
The trove of documents also note Hadley was habitually truant from school but had no conduct problems and managed to earn mostly Bs and Cs. Evidence seized from the home hints at some mental problems for the teen, including a receipt for a mental health center and a bottle of citalopram, an antidepressant.