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Fla. teen Tyler Hadley flashed cash to friends after killing his parents, cops say

Port St. Lucie police spokesman Tom Nichols said police were dispatched to the scene at 4:20 a.m. Sunday on a tip that the 17-year-old had murdered his parents and the bodies remained inside the house, reports CBS affiliate WPEC.
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(CBS/AP) FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A 17-year-old accused of murdering his parents with a hammer showed his friends thousands of dollars in cash before throwing a party at his family's Florida home, according to police documents released Monday.

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The documents include photographs of Tyler Hadley at a Chase ATM hours after his parents July 16 death at their house in Port St. Lucie. Friends he later picked up en route to the party say he showed them about $5,000 in cash.

The 17-year-old is being held without bail awaiting trial in the deaths of Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges.

According to the documents, Hadley made a Facebook posting at 1:15 p.m. the day of the alleged killings, saying "party at my crib tonight ... maybe." He told friends, according to their remarks to police, that he killed his parents around 5 p.m. that day.

It took hours for him to clean up the mess, he told friends, according to police reports. Then, he made a firmer Facebook posting of the party plans at 8:15 p.m.: "party at my house hmu," using the abbreviation for "hit me up," police said.

Police say around 60 people gathered for the party and friends described Hadley as being in a good mood and hospitable.

He eventually confided in a friend at the party, according to police, and the secret began making its way to others.

He was arrested early the next morning after tips were called into police.

According to WPTV, on 911 recordings released Monday a caller who claims he was at the party can be heard saying, "He told me that the kid, Tyler, is f----d up and he was like--he told me--he told me that the gist of it-that he did something to his parents. I was like, bro, I don't want to know any details. He said he already called and reported everything to CrimeStoppers. I was just calling cause I felt I needed to."

The released documents also note Hadley was habitually absent from school but had no conduct problems and managed to earn mostly Bs and Cs. Evidence seized from the home hints at some mental problems for the teen, including a receipt for a mental health center and a bottle of citalopram, an antidepressant.

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