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AJ HADSELL: Virginia vs. Wesley Hadsell for murder of step-daughter

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by Kimster, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    This latest article just shows that given enough rope, people hang themselves.
    By denying he was with her, proves he was, because their cell phones were together.
    By denying he'd ever been to that house, proved he was there by the GPS.

    This also proves why LE doesn't always transmit to the public what they're doing behind the scenes. Like I said above, given eniough rope, people hang themselves.

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Like a LEO friend of mine says, " thank God for stupid criminals".
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  3. Sabra

    Sabra Well-Known Member



    New witness comes forward in Hadsell case

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A new witness could testify against Wesley Hadsell in connection with the disappearance and death of his adopted daughter Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell, according to court documents.

    In a motion filed Thursday, Hadsell’s public defender Keith Kimball requested for leave to withdraw as his counsel.

    Kimball states that another client represented by the same firm has come forward with information as well as interests “adverse to those of Mr. Hadsell.”

    Federal lawyers believe this witness has information that could directly tie Wesley Hadsell to AJ’s death.

    AJ disappeared in March of 2015, and was last seen at her home in the Tarralton neighborhood of Norfolk. She was found dead 38 days later in an abandoned home 50 miles away.
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh wow! I do hope this goes in the right direction for AJ and those who loved her!
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  5. believe09

    believe09 Well-Known Member

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  6. believe09

    believe09 Well-Known Member

    Wait- here is a link to the motion: LINK HERE

    Sounds like a prison informant to me...does anyone else feel that way? The other client is looking for a reduction in their state and federal sentences for providing substantial assistance. I wonder if it is someone already in the system because the public defender for Wes is a federal one given that the weapons charge is a federal one. The information is not information that pertains to the charge he is facing sentencing for, but it is something that might impact his sentencing some how.
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I always wonder if they reluctantly give it up for a lighter sentence, or make it up for the same. :sigh:
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  8. Sabra

    Sabra Well-Known Member

    IMO LE didn't have to look far to find someone willing to take down Wes. It was just a matter right place/time.

    I do wonder who this is. Sounds like someone with direct knowledge.
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  9. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

    Im kinda, sorta not far away and can tell you locals wanted him nailed to the wall a long time ago. I cant believe this has taken so long.
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  10. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Two years since AJ Hadsell disappeared

    This week marks two years since AJ Hadsell disappeared from her home.

    After two years, there are still many unanswered questions in her death. Zach Hoffer is the man who helped raise AJ. He was her stepfather before Wesley Hadsell came in the picture.

    It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. It’s been horrible, like the worst thing you can possibly imagine,” said Hoffer.

    Wesley Hadsell is AJ’s adoptive father. Police named Hadsell as a person of interest, but never a suspect in AJ’s disappearance. He’s now serving 20 years in prison for unrelated gun charges. Even though no charges were ever filed against Hadsell, Hoffer believes more could have been done to protect AJ and his two other daughters. Hadsell has a violent criminal history dating back to his teens.

    “This was common sense. Somebody, somewhere should have said something, said Hoffer.”

    Meanwhile, Hoffer wants people to remember his stepdaughter in a positive light, and believes justice is still on the way.

    Norfolk police say there is no new information to release in this case. They say the investigation is still ongoing.

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  13. believe09

    believe09 Well-Known Member

    Bar none the creepiest stuff I ever read about a victim was the longings and reflections of Hoffer. I think it is very telling that AJ rejected him in favor of Wes. We have a good idea of what kind of guy Wes is. AJ rejected Zachary in favor of that. It always makes me think.
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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    AJ Hadsell's body was found using GPS history from Wesley Hadsell's van, court documents say

    GPS data from Wesley Hadsell’s van led homicide detectives right to his stepdaughter’s body two years ago, according to court documents released Thursday.

    Hadsell told detectives he was the only person who had access to the van.

    Police found a shovel, a roll of duct tape and black work gloves in the back, Hathaway said at the time. They analyzed the GPS unit inside the van, which revealed it was behind an abandoned residence in Franklin for about 20 minutes.

    When detectives went there on April 9, they found the body of a woman partially buried in a ditch. It appeared there were shovel marks in the dirt.

    The body was identified as AJ Hadsell’s the next day, and Medical Examiner Wendy Gunther determined she died from “homicidal violence,” according to court documents. Publicly, Gunther said Hadsell died from acute heroin poisoning and listed the manner as “undetermined.”

    Attorney Eric Korslund, who represented Hadsell in a heroin possession charge, said the GPS data is powerful evidence, but doesn’t prove who was the one driving the work van or who killed AJ.

    Wesley Hadsell hasn’t been charged in AJ Hadsell’s death.

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  15. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Absolutely - literally made my skin crawl. Checks every red flag there is.

    Poor young woman. Her mother should have made a pile of better choices. :(

    Well that's about as damning as it gets, in terms of purely circumstantial evidence.

    It's a shame they felt they had to make AJ look like a possible heroin user, whatever the reason was for that public lie. I'm sure it was probably a good reason, but still a shame. I'd love to hear members' thought on why they would have done that... I mean, of course the killer would have known there was violence .. so what were they hoping to achieve by it? All I can think is, they were maybe trying to make themselves look incompetent, so Hadsell didn't do a runner before they could nab him for something.
  16. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Unless some miraculous evidence turns up that this is the *most* complex set-up I have ever heard of outside of a movie, I think this lawyer will be hard pressed to defend his client.
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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Court vacates Hadsell’s sentence, sends case back for resentencing

    An appeals court has vacated the prison sentence for Wesley Hadsell, and has sent the case back for resentencing, court records show.

    Hadsell, the step father of Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell, was sentenced in November to 20 years in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition. Now, that time behind bars on that charge will likely be split in half thanks to a technicality.

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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Court documents shed new light on AJ Hadsell investigation

    Court documents refer to the AJ Hadsell case as a "homicide investigation," but police still aren't confirming exactly what type of investigation they're doing as the third anniversary of her disappearance approaches.

    The recently unsealed search warrant from February 2016 discusses how investigators spoke with an inmate at Western Tidewater Regional Jail named Amin Garcia, who said he had heard a "third party confession" in the case. News 3 reported in March 2016 that Garcia was attempting to talk to investigators.

    Wesley Hadsell, AJ's stepfather, served time at Western Tidewater Regional Jail when he faced a federal ammunition charge. He has never been charged with anything related to AJ's death. "I want police to do their job and stop focusing on me with these charges to get me out of the way," Hadsell told News 3 from jail in 2016.

    The search warrant doesn't say who told Garcia about the confession, but that he heard it in "Cell Block A2" at Western Tidewater Regional Jail. The search warrant requests inmate records and says Garcia "stands to gain nothing by providing false information concerning the investigation." Garcia is serving a life sentence on rape charges.

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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Can Wesley explain why his GPS went to the place where AJs body was found?
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  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Wesley Hadsell acquitted of abducting, raping ex-wife 13 years ago in Ohio

    Wesley Hadsell, the father of a Norfolk woman who disappeared in 2015 and was later found dead, has been acquitted of charges he abducted and raped his ex-wife 13 years ago in Ohio.

    A jury found Hadsell not guilty earlier this month.

    Hadsell won't be set free any time soon, though.

    He is awaiting sentencing next month in U.S. District Court in Norfolk on federal weapons charges. He also is awaiting trial in Norfolk on a state charge related to heroin found after he checked out of a hotel room.

    No one has been charged in the death of his adopted daughter, A.J. Hadsell, who died of a heroin overdose.

    GPS data from Wesley Hadsell’s van, however, led homicide detectives to her body, according to a search warrant affidavit. Police also found a shovel, a roll of duct tape and black work gloves in the back of the van.

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