Twice convicted killer Tyler Hadley has been moved from a prison receiving center in Orlando to the Reception and Medical Center West Unit in Lake Butler, according to the Florida Department of Correction’s web site.
The Union County facility, which houses about 1,143 men, processes newly committed inmates into the state correctional system, the web site shows, and provides primary medical care to inmates.
Hadley, 20, who was being prepared to spend a lifetime in prison for the 2011 beating deaths of his parents, had been in Orlando since March 21 after a judge ordered him to serve two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
Because he was 17 when he murdered his parents Blake, 54, and Mary Jo, 47, he could not be executed.
At the request of his public defender attorney, St. Lucie Circuit Judge Robert Makemson had recommended Hadley be placed at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution in Okeechobee County, but corrections officials make the final determination.
It’s unclear how long Hadley will remain at the Lake Butler facility or if he will be transferred to Okeechobee.
This month, the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach was notified that Hadley will appeal his lifetime punishment.
In appellate papers, Hadley’s former lead lawyer, Public Defender Diamond Litty, indicated that “the court erred in sentencing the defendant.”
His lawyers indicated they expect to file a transcript of his March sentencing to the appeals court by July 7.
Reported by: Melissa E. Holsman. Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers