Tyler Hadley, the teen accused of killing his parents, makes his first appearance in court

Bond denied

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Seventeen year old Tyler Hadley made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Hadley was wearing a sleeveless black jail uniform as he appeared via videoconference from the St. Lucie County Jail.

The judge told Hadley he was charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder with a weapon. But prosecutors plan to upgrade the charges.

"We plan to take case to grand jury and we will seek an indictment for first degree murder," said Chief Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl.

Police accuse Hadley of killing his parents Blake and Mary Jo Hadley. Their bodies were found in their locked bedroom at 371 N.E. Granduer Avenue on Sunday morning.

Police say they found a hammer in between their bodies and it is believed to be the murder weapon.

Bakkedahl attended the autopsies of the victims. Police say they were bludgeoned to death. "It was for lack of better term, horrific," Bakkedahl said.

Hadley told the judge he didn't have an attorney, so the judge appointed a public defender to represent the teen. The public defender plans to enter a plea of not guilty.

Hadley had his head down when the judge told him bond would be denied.

Because his age, Hadley is ineligible for the death penalty. He's a few months shy of his 18th birthday.

"It's frustrating to me sure. When you see a case that in your mind warrants the imposition of the death penalty it's frustrating to know you can't do it," said Bakkedahl.

The Chief Assistant State Attorney says despite the case gaining national attention, he's just focused on his task at hand. "I could care less what the media perception of a particular case is. We've got somewhere we need to get. Ultimately it's justice."

Bakkedahl praised the work the Port St. Lucie police have been doing so far and says the case should go before a grand jury in mid-August.

A memorial page has been set up on Facebook for Mary Jo and Blake Hadley.
 

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