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Fla. teen Tyler Hadley, who allegedly killed parents, was high on ecstasy, say cops

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Fla. teen Tyler Hadley, who allegedly killed parents, was high on ecstasy, say cops
Tyler Hadley
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(CBS/WPEC/AP) PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Florida teen Tyler Hadley was high on ecstasy when he bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer, then threw a house party via Facebook invites while their bodies remained in a locked bedroom, according to police reports.

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Police said 17-year-old Hadley described the attacks to an unidentified friend at the party he threw in his Port St. Lucie home last Saturday night after the killings. By the friend's account, Tyler had taken three "e" tablets at the time of the murder and the hours that followed, according to documents obtained by NBC station WPTV.

CBS affiliate WPEC reports that Hadley is charged with murder in the deaths of Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley and is being held without bond. His public defender, Mark Harllee, entered a written not guilty plea on his client's behalf Wednesday.

The friend of Hadley's told police he received a call from the suspect Saturday afternoon claiming he planned to kill his parents, a threat he didn't take seriously because it had been made in the past. Later that day, the friend told police, Hadley made the same threat again.

At the party that night, Hadley asked the friend to step outside to talk, then confessed to the killings, according to the report. When the friend didn't believe him, Hadley pointed to his parents' cars parked in the driveway. He still wasn't convinced. Hadley then showed his friend a bloody footprint in the garage and, ultimately, the bodies in the bedroom, police said.

Police responded to Hadley's home early Sunday morning after receiving the tip from his friend. When they arrived, they found a "nervous, frantic and very talkative" Hadley dressed all in black.

Inside, the home was in disarray, according to police, littered with beer bottles and the butts of cigars. Dried blood appeared to be on the frame of the locked master bedroom door. When they got inside, a large amount of blood was seen on the floor and bed sheets. Dining room chairs, a coffee table, clothing, picture frames, mirrors, bedding, towels and miscellaneous papers were strewn about the room, according to the report.

An officer removed two chairs, saw a man's blood-covered leg, and called for an ambulance. Picking up a calendar off the floor, the arm of a second victim was found, according to the affidavit.

Hadley told his friend he planned to commit suicide by taking painkillers before police arrived, according to the report released Wednesday.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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