18-year-old Anjelica ‘AJ’ Hadsell was a freshman at Longwood University when she disappeared at her mother’s Norfolk home during spring break in 2015.
Her stepfather, Wesley Hadsell, was eventually charged with her murder after a coroner determined she died of homicidal violence and acute heroin poisoning.
Who was Angelica “AJ” Hadsell?
AJ was a freshman with dual majors in information technology and computer programming at Longwood University.
She also played club softball and field hockey in college, and her mother testified in court that she was always happy.
Her mother also said she’s never had a drug problem, which coroner’s hair samples confirmed.
In the case against her stepfather, the defense alleged that AJ committed suicide by overdosing on her prescription headache medication because she was so depressed about a recent breakup.
However, that theory didn’t explain how she ended up in a ditch 40 miles away, why she had such obvious bruises that indicated she was being held down, or why she had heroin in her system.
Who is Wesley Hadsell?
When AJ disappeared on March 2, 2015, her stepfather, Wesley Hadsell, had been kicked out of her mother’s home for drug use.
At his trial for AJ’s murder, prosecutors alleged that he abducted her while she was folding laundry in order to sexually assault her.
They don’t believe she was murdered until the next day.
His drug dealer testified that he sold him $800 worth of both cocaine and heroin the day after AJ’s disappearance, 13NewsNow reported.
When AJ’s body was found, it was impossible to tell if she had been sexually assaulted due to the damage animals and insects had done to her.
However, the coroner was able to determine that she had been injected with more than three times the lethal dose of heroin.
In February 2022, Wesley Hadsell was found guilty of first-degree murder and concealing a body in his stepdaughter’s case.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 15 years in April.
The case will be featured on Dateline NBC on June 3, 2022.
How can I watch the AJ Hadsell episode of Dateline NBC?
The case will be unfolded on June 3, 2022 on Dateline NBC in an episode titled “The Jacket.”
Andrea Canning will report from Norfolk where she will interview Wesley Hadsell, Norfolk Police Detective David Benjamin, AJ’s friends Corey French and Andre Barr, District Attorney Toni Colvin and more.
The episode can be viewed at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and also streamed the next day on Peacock.
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