Wesley Hadsell found guilty of murdering AJ Hadsell in 2015

Wesley Hadsell (L) and Angelica “AJ” Hadsell (R)

A Virginia man was found guilty by a jury of killing his adopted daughter Monday afternoon.

It took jurors at Southampton District Court about 40 minutes to weigh and then decide the 43-year-old’s fate. Wesley Hadsell about the March 2015 murder of Angelica “AJ” Hadsell18 years old and on spring break at the time she disappeared.

Investigators found the young woman’s body about a month later outside an abandoned home in County Southampton after tracking the GPS movement of her stepfather’s commuting van. AJ’s body was partially buried, face down in the ditch. Her sweatpants were pulled down.

A prosecutor says Wesley Hadsell treated his victims “like trash” according to a court report by The Virginian Pilot.

Wendy Gunther with the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia determined – due to bruises on the victim’s eyes and chin, and three times the lethal dose of heroin in her system – that AJ died of “violence”. killing force” and acute heroin poisoning. Hair follicle analysis revealed the Longwood University freshman had no history of drug use, friends and family confirmed. The Gunther report said that a firm claim of sexual assault was not possible, given the damage done to the corpse by insects and other animals.

The defense alleges that AJ committed suicide, citing memes on her phone and some of her poems allegedly treasonous causing feelings of deep sadness after breaking up with her boyfriend.

Evidence for murder, defense attorney James Ellenson statement, all is circumstantial.

But prosecutors have poked holes in Wesley Hadsell’s case.

“Why did Hadsell have a body if he didn’t kill her?” the district attorney’s office asked, According to Portsmouth, NBC’s WAVY affiliate is based in Va.. “Why would he dump her behind an abandoned house, face down in the middle under a plywood board if he wasn’t covering the crime?”

Additional evidence presented in court showed that both Wesley Hadsell and AJ’s cell phones were closely tracked to each other via satellite ping on the day she went missing.

According to the prosecution, AJ was not killed until the day after she disappeared. Physical marks left on her body, Deputy Attorney General of the Commonwealth Toni Colvin said during the trial, it is appropriate for someone to be pinched and forced to inject heroin.

Wesley Hadsell’s drug dealer testified during the trial that the defendant purchased heroin the day after the girl was last seen alive. And Norfolk police later found heroin in the stepfather’s motel room – two weeks after AJ disappeared.

Then there’s convenience store surveillance footage and bank records, placing the defendant in the area where AJ’s body was found in the days after she was killed.

Supporting the defense’s suicide theory is the notion that AJ actually overdosed on a drug, nortriptyline, commonly prescribed for depression that she was taking at the time to treat her condition. migraine. The defense noted that the medical examiner did not check for the presence of the substance during the autopsy, the defense noted, and that her dosage was recently increased.

The jury did not buy the suicide idea argument and ultimately agreed with the commonwealth’s case.

Wesley Hadsell was found guilty of first degree murder and body concealment. A charge of second degree murder has been laid off last weekend of the judge. Defendant shook his head as the sentence was delivered while AJ’s two sisters began to cry. The grieving mother’s eyes became moist.

He faces the possibility of life in prison when he is sentenced on April 4, 2022.

[images via Norfolk Police Department]

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