Wesley Hadsell indicted in obstruction of justice case

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The adoptive father of the late Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell was indicted Wednesday for charges related to his interference of the investigation into her disappearance.

At a grand jury hearing in Norfolk General District Court, indictments against Wesley Hadsell were returned for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and four counts of obstructing justice. A direct indictment was also handed down for statutory burglary.

AJ Hadsell went missing in Norfolk in March, and her remains were found a little more than a month later behind a home in Southampton County.

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Hadsell is not facing charges directly related to AJ’s death. Back in March, during the search for his daughter, police arrested Hadsell for breaking into the home of a person he says may have taken his daughter against her will.

After his arrest, Hadsell spoke to 10 On Your Side from jail. He admitted to breaking into the home and said he found AJ’s jacket inside.

“I found my daughter’s jacket in his couch, rolled up behind the cushion. I was just trying to make the evidence come to light. It’s not like I had the jacket. I didn’t plant the jacket. I didn’t know anything about that. It was the fact of the overwhelming information that led me there,” Hadsell said after his arrest.

Police charged him with four counts of obstructing justice, one charge of possessing ammunition after a felony and one charge of breaking and entering. He was also charged with animal cruelty after allegedly hitting a dog during the break-in.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this month, a judge dismissed the animal cruelty and the breaking and entering charges. Hadsell’s lawyer argued he did not have an intent to commit a crime when he broke into the home, and the judge agreed. The judge also agreed there was not sufficient evidence of Hadsell hitting the dog.

Hadsell remains in custody without bond. Hadsell’s bench trial is scheduled for July 8, 2015.

A local medical examiner is still working to determine the cause of AJ Hadsell’s death.

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