Tyler Hadley's uncle opens up about killings, nephew's plea change, upcoming sentencing

Michael Hadley: First TV interview about nephew

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The paternal uncle of Tyler Hadley says he will not forgive his nephew - at least not now.

Tyler Hadley will be sentenced for the killings of his parents next month. Until now, Michael Hadley has not spoken out very much about his nephew or about the murders of his brother and his sister-in-law.

Nearly three years later, it does not get any easier for Michael. "We lost three people that day," he said. "We lost Tyler, Blake and Mary Jo."     

Three days before Tyler's parents were found murdered in their Port St. Lucie home - and before Tyler was arrested - the family was together at Michael's cabin in the northern Georgia mountains. Michael says there was no sign then of what was about to happen.

"There were moments where he might have looked sad or thinking about something - a little out there - but perfectly normal for a 17-year-old," he said.

That was the last time Michael saw his nephew - until this week - when now-20-year-old Tyler appeared in court to plead 'no contest' to the first-degree murders of his parents.

"He showed no emotion - none at all," said Michael. "He stared straight ahead, so I don't think he does have any remorse."

The case has shaken - and even divided - some in the Hadley family. Some relatives have visited Tyler in jail - others, like Michael, said they could not do it.

"How could I go see him? How could I do that? It breaks my heart. It really does," said Michael. "I loved the kid. But he took away my best friend, my confidant, my brother. How can you sit down and have a normal conversation with somebody who robbed you of something so precious."

Though there will no longer be a trial, there is sure to be heartache at sentencing. Michael hopes it brings closure. He says his brother would want the family to start moving forward. "'Do it for me'. That's what my brother is telling me," he said. "Don't give up. Keep going. Life is worth it."    

Michael Hadley believes his nephew's sentence should be life in prison without any possibility of parole.

Sentencing begins March 10 and could last into a second week.

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