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"The security video shows Whitson hitting Tyler three times and Michael Garoppolo hitting Tyler three times, but Tyler was not defending himself on June twenty fifth two thousand twelve the US supreme court ruled that sentencing minors, including Tyler who was awaiting sentencing at the time to life in prison with no chance of parole violated the eighth amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment on November twenty nine two thousand twelve Tyler wrote Michael Mandell a letter insinuating that he would be using an insanity defense. He stated if I plead insanity and go to a state hospital. I'm looking at ten or fifteen years. That's what I pray for. In April two thousand thirteen Tyler's attorneys filed paperwork and Saint Lucie county court indicating they intended to use an insanity. Plea for Tyler their argument was at Tyler was laboring under a mental disease and firmly or defect to let depression they also included on the paperwork that they intended to use involuntary intoxication as a defence the involuntary intoxication defense was also called the Mickey Finn defense. A claim of involuntary intoxication can be used in Florida to absolve a defendant of cope ability of crime. According to Fort Pierce attorney, Michael j Kessler, a defendant can be completely relieved of his responsibility. If he can prove that through involuntary intoxication he was temporarily legally insane at the time he committed an offence. There are several ways you can be involuntarily intoxicated, such as if you become intoxicated by accident through the fault of another. Person by your own mistake. Or if you have an unexpected reaction to a medication or drug that causes you to commit a crime Tyler said he had eighteen beers and three ecstasy tablets the day of the murders. One case of involuntary intoxication was when sixteen year old Victor Brancaccio of fourteen Lucy killed an eighty one year old woman who complained about his laugh rap music in nineteen Ninety-three. He claimed that Zoloft made him involuntarily intoxicated, and he did not know right from wrong. However, this defense did not work and Brancaccio was still found guilty of first degree murder and kidnapping in July two thousand thirteen Tyler's attorney chief assistant public defender. Mark Harley left his position abruptly his boss diamond Liddy would not save why he left or if he quit or was fired Harley was a death penalty, certified attorney who was working several high profile cases. Is the sudden departure created a delay in Tyler's trial? Sadly, Mark Harley passed away at the age of fifty four during driving incident in key Largo, Florida on Sunday may eleventh two thousand fourteen with his wife and mother nearby on December eighteenth two thousand thirteen a Rolling Stone magazine article was published which revealed many details of the murders, but also painted port Saint Lucie. In dark light, many of the facts in the article were not quite true. According to assistant public defender, Mary sell Donyo, the article reported that Tyler had been arrested previously on aggravated battery charges and had been convinced on burglary charges stemming from things Tyler had posted or said on his Facebook page, so Danica said Tyler had no prior criminal history. The citizens of port Saint Lucie were upset by the depiction of their city and the article as well and December two thousand thirty. Eighteen chief assistant state attorney. Tom Buchan doll filed papers notifying, the defense that the state plan to present evidence at the trial concerning Tyler's behavior leading up to the murders. The quote Tyler had poor school performance behavioral problems disciplinary history that from his parents drug use and drug treatment back in dole stated that these behaviors were relevant to proof of motive opportunity and intent at least two hundred people were called as potential jurors for Tyler's trial in late January two thousand fourteen Tyler's attorney diamond Liddy filed papers requesting that judge make him son dismissed the first degree murder charges against Tyler Liddy argued that under Florida law. There is no legal punishment. The court can impose against juvenile's convicted of first degree murder. Liddy argued that teen brains were not developed and attempted to show the MRI of an adolescent brain to which back in doll objected. On February nineteenth two thousand fourteen Tyler Halley stood before Saint Lucy, Circuit Judge Robert make him sin, and pleaded no contest to first degree murder and judge make him son asked if he was pleading no contest because he was in fact guilty or because it was in his best interest to do. So Tyler replied, it's in my best interest to do so pleading no contest meant, he did not admit guilt. But he did not want to contest the charges. His grandmother Maggie Vittorio sobbed quietly just a few feet away as he entered. His plea many were shocked that he changed his plea like this, but others speculated that he decided to spare his family the pain of a trial university of Florida law. Professor Bob Dekel said there are tactical advantages for Tyler to changes defense from an insanity. Plea at the last minute one of these tactical advantages is the sentencing hearing the state cannot put on a comp-. Fleet case for sentencing hearing like they can for jury trial giving Tyler the advantage. The sentencing hearing was the first time a treasure coast. Judge was required to conduct a juvenile mitigation inquiry before imposing punishment against a murder defendant. Who was not an adult when they committed the murder, Florida. Judges ruled the inquiry is required to comply with a two thousand twelve US supreme court opinion that band sending minors to prison for life without parole except under rare circumstances shortly before the sentencing hearing began Tyler openly apologized to his family for the first time. He spoke for eighty six seconds saying I'd like to direct this to my entire family. Everyone all of you. I know it's hard to understand. And you can't begin to explain what happened. I can't apologize or make amends for the horrible acts. I have done that I have committed not a single day goes by that. I don't think about my parents or my whole family. And how they've been affected by this. I don't expect forgiveness. And I know that they will forgive me. But I realized that took away a son a father, a mother a sister, a brother and two friends, and I just want everyone to know. I am truly sorry for the acts. I committed I love and care deeply for all of them. That's all I have in dole called Tyler a cold blooded killer and lobbied for a life sentence in prison. He said this is not a youthful active indiscretion, this is a cold blooded planned murder Tyler's, and pleaded for mercy asking the judge for punishment less than life in prison. Kelly Reynolds Tyler's cousin said that they pray. He will be rehabilitated. So he can be with them, again, Tyler's uncle and brother both wanted him to receive life in prison Maggie digitally. Oh, cried before the court as she said. She visits Tyler frequently in jail because she loves him. She had donated almost ten thousand dollars to his jail account between his arrest in two thousand and eleven and his sentencing in two thousand fourteen she also said he never felt like he had a friend and that he was never good enough. He just always felt like he was a step below everyone else. She said she knew Tyler took medication for acne depression at thyroid condition and growth hormones on her. First attempt at testifying Maggie Vittorio was overcome with emotion and recess had to be called Kathleen Heidi an expert witness called by the defense specializes in youths who killed their parents. She testified that in July of two thousand eleven when Tyler used a claw hammer to bludgeon his parents to death. He was suffering from a multitude of symptoms stemming from his depression, this lead to intrusive thoughts about slaying his parents then killing himself Heidi. I evaluated Tyler in December of two thousand eleven and had six meetings with him. In total Tyler's attorney asked Heidi if Tyler love disappearance, Heidi replied, absolutely. He did and does Liddy asked. How could Tyler kill the people who loved him. The most Heidi replied, you can see this boy is having significant mental health problems, Heidi identified numerous factors that would have contributed to his homicidal behavior, including severe depression, the inability to care for others and obsessive thoughts when questioned by prosecutors. Heidi agree Tyler had lied to mental health experts and might have done so to manipulate findings backend all repeatedly questioned whether statements Tyler had made where lies the titular -ly concerning his drug use and hearing voices before the murders. He also repeatedly said Tyler was smart and angry and therefore could manipulate doctors Heidi maintained Tyler was severely depressed. The day of the killings. Judge Makinson asked Heidi what? Tyler expected to happen after he killed his parents, Heidi replied that he didn't plan on having a future. He was intending to commit suicide after the murders. When asked for proof of suicide, she related all the frenzy told of his plans of suicide, however, make him send said Tyler killed his parents had a party Lynn planned another. What are her thoughts on that? She replied that Tyler was really disturbed Dr Wade Myers Brown University. Psychiatrists who specializes in child and forensic psychiatry conducted a psychiatric evaluation of Tyler. He said Tyler at seventeen had a severe mental illness caused by depression and obsessive thoughts of self harm and murdering his parents Tyler had a long history of using antidepressants and anti anxiety medications. He could have had selection system, which could have worsened. His homicidal thoughts alcohol could have made it even worse Tyler. Old. He had once considered killing his parents with a pair of garden. Cheers, a hatchet and a kitchen knife back doll asked Myers if Tyler lied to him or manipulated his responses Myers said he saw no clinical proof of that. Gregory Landry m- hope sound psychologist who testified last disagreed that Tyler had a major depressive disorder. He testified for the state and said he will leave the defense experts had misinterpreted the test results to reach a major depressive disorder diagnosis on March. Twentieth. Two thousand fourteen judge make him send sentence Tyler Hadley to two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the first degree murders of his parents Blake and Mary Joe Hadley on July sixteenth two thousand eleven he was transferred to a receiving center in Orlando Florida on Friday, March twenty first two thousand fourteen where he awaited his corrections assignment and two thousand sixteen Tyler appeal. His sentence under the two thousand twelve supreme court ruling that sentencing juvenile to life without the possibility of parole, violates the eighth amendment after another sentencing hearing and December of two thousand eighteen Tyler was once again sentenced to life. The sentence includes an automatic review after twenty five years which begins from two thousand and eleven this review will focus on whether a life sentence is still appropriate given his conduct and behavior in prison. Tyler is currently housed in the Okeechobee Correctional Institution. His brother. Ryan is married and has written a book about the horrific acts that ripped his family apart. The book is titled a thousand firefly's living in the aftermath of my parents murders in two thousand twelve Ryan donated some of his inheritance to habitat for humanity and port Saint Lucie. The money was used to renovate a foreclosed home and the homeless dedicated to Blake and Mary Jo okay fan club member. 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