Accused killer of stepdaughter, Wesley Hadsell, appears in court

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 16:28:59-05

SOUTHAMPTON Co., Va. - Wesley Hadsell appeared in front of a judge on Thursday afternoon.

Hadsell was charged with murdering his adopted daughter, Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell, in Southampton County in 2015.

Wesley Paul Hadsell

Monday, December 16, the court proceeding was supposed to be the last motions hearing before Wesley's February trial, but his attorney asked for one more hearing in January.

On Thursday, they held the motion's hearing.

Hadsell's defense requested a subpoena of Governor Ralph Northam because the governor served as his stepdaughter’s doctor. The judge ruled that a subpoena be issued to the governor to attend the trial as a witness.

The defense said in court that Northam prescribed AJ an antidepressant, notriptyline, in January 2015 while practicing as a physician in Norfolk.

The subpoena reads that AJ’s mother had previously said that AJ had no history of depression, and claims that Northam’s testimony as to why he prescribed AJ an antidepressant and his overall treatment of her is extremely relevant to the case.

Wesley was charged with murdering AJ and concealing her body in November 2018. AJ was reported missing in March 2015, after she came home on Spring Break from Longwood University. Her body was found behind a home in Southampton County in April 2015.

The Medical Examiner said AJ died from an acute heroin poisoning.

Wesley was arrested shortly after AJ's body was found but those charges did not relate to AJ's disappearance and death. Wesley repeatedly told News 3 that he didn't have anything to do with AJ's death.

Earlier this year, Wesley pleaded not guilty to the murder and concealing a dead body charge.

When asked how Wesley was feeling about the trial, his attorney told News 3 he is doing fine and is looking forward to being found not guilty at the trial.

The trial is expected to last for two full weeks. The new motions hearing should not interfere with the February trial.

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