A Florida teen bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer, stashed their bodies in a bedroom, then hosted dozens of people for a house party, police said Monday.
Tyler Hadley, 17, is in police custody, booked just before 5 p.m. Monday on two counts of second-degree murder with a weapon, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's website. Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Tom Nichols told reporters earlier that the teenage boy, who will be tried as an adult, was denied bond.
Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Port St. Lucie Police Capt. Don Kryak said Hadley posted an invitation on Facebook, inviting friends to a party at his house.
Sometime after that, police said he used a 22-inch framing hammer to fatally beat his parents -- Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley -- in the head and torso outside their master bedroom door of their Port St. Lucie home. He then dragged them inside the room and used "books, files, towels, anything that he could find inside the home to cover the bodies," Nichols said.
Then, the teenager proceeded to party.
Between 40 and 60 people turned up sometime after 9 p.m., according to police. Nichols said that "during the party and after the party, there was a rumor that perhaps Tyler had killed his parents." But, while saying police wanted to talk to more partygoers, he did not indicate if anyone else saw the dead couple's bodies locked in the master bedroom.
Police became involved after getting an anonymous tip, which led them to conduct a welfare check at the house around 4:20 a.m. Sunday.
Kryak said Tyler Hadley appeared "nervous" when law enforcement officers arrived, telling them his parents were out of town. They eventually found the alleged murder weapon lying between his parents' bodies.
"The crime scene was certainly a merciless killing," the police captain said. "It was brutal."
Autopsies are being conducted on Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley, though police repeated that they believe both died from "blunt force trauma."
Tyler Hadley had dropped out of St. Lucie Centennial West High School and later took classes at Indian River State College, Kryak said.
Nichols said police do not know why the teen, who has made "no incriminating statements," may have killed his parents. There are no plans to charge anyone else in connection with the pair's deaths.
"I've known Mary-Jo since she was in high school in Fort Lauderdale," Charlene Moses, a family friend, told CNN-affiliate WPTV. "They are a nice family. The kids are always nice."
Tyler Hadley, of Port St Lucie, Florida, allegedly beat his school teacher mother Mary-Jo and father Blake to death with a hammer, which was found lying between their bodies.
The teen is thought to have killed his parents before hosting a party for 40 to 60 people on Saturday night after posting invitations on Facebook.
The party started at around 9pm and went on until around 3am.
Police arrived at the ranch-style home the next day after an anonymous tip.
Hadley had been 'nervous and panicky,' they said and there were beer cans strewn all over the garden.
He initially told police his parents were out of town.
Police then found the bodies of Mr and Mrs Hadley in the master bedroom where the door had been
They are believed to have died after the Facebook invitation went out, which happened at about 1:30 pm on Saturday, although the exact time of the brutal killing is unclear.
Their bodies were partially buried under various items including linen, books, picture frames and towels.
Mrs Hadley, 47, is believed to have been killed first and then Mr Hadley, 54, afterwards.
They were not, authorities
While is not clear what the motive for the alleged killing was, a resident told WSVN News he had heard Hadley's parents had refused to let the teen have a party.
Similarly one of the teens attending the party said to WOKV that the 17-year-old killed his parents because they 'wouldn't let him throw a party.'
The teen had dropped out of his high school and the family was being sued for $15,000 after Hadley hit and injured a child while driving a car registered to his father in June 2010, according to court documents.
Hadley has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
He is being held without bond and will be charged as an adult, police said.
'I've known Mary-Jo since she was in high school in Fort Lauderdale,' family friend Charlene Moses told WPTV.
'They are a nice family. The kids are