PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - In March 2014, Ryan Hadley was asked by prosecutors to point out his brother Tyler in a St. Lucie County courtroom.
“Of course, it was difficult," Ryan Hadley said in an exclusive phone interview Wednesday.
Tyler Hadley pled no contest to killing their parents. A hearing was held to determine his sentence. Ryan Hadley told the court, "What I want is for him to get the maximum which I understand is life in prison without parole.”
But even before this hearing, Ryan wanted to share his side of the story.
“I still think about him (Tyler) every day as my brother and not as the person who killed my parents," said Ryan Hadley.
Speaking outside of a courtroom for the first time, Ryan Hadley said he still loves his brother and visits him in prison.
“I still love him and I don’t think loving somebody means that they shouldn’t be punished for the things that they do.”
Ryan is reluctant to talk specifics about their conversations and of the crimes themselves, but the murders are addressed in a new book he just authored.
“I guess I was kinda scared that I’d be stuck in this same amount of grief forever," Ryan Hadley says in a video promoting the book “A Thousand Fireflies: Living in the Aftermath of My Parents’ Murders.”
“My story could be bring hope or healing to other people as well," Hadley told NewsChannel 5.
Ryan calls it a journey from’s darkness into light and that while there is hope, there’s a lot of hell in the process. He says he is still healing, but things are good.
Ryan tells me he is still healing, but things are good.
“I’ve just recently been married, I’m a homeowner, things in my life are great. I can’t just dwell on one thing and not find joy.”
Ryan Hadley is touring behind the book. He’ll be at Barnes and Noble in Jensen Beach October 10 at 4 p.m.