Tyler Hadley is accused of using a hammer to bludgeon his mother and father to death in 2011 inside their Port St. Lucie home when he was only 17.
Hadley has previously claimed he under the influence of drugs at the time of the crime.
"Mr. Hadley is here before the court to take
responsibility for his actions," Diamond Litty, Hadley’s attorney, said
Wednesday. "The only thing I want to say is there is another side to this
story that the public will hear at the mitigation."
Prosecutors say Hadley went out to buy alcohol and marijuana and held a party at his house in the hours after the murders. Dozens of teens reportedly attended the party, unknowingly drinking while Hadley’s parents lie in the bedroom bloodied and dead under a blanket, reports the station.
Due to Hadley’s change in plea, the case will not go to trial. Instead, his fate will be determined at a juvenile mitigation hearing beginning March 10.