New attorney appointed for Wesley Hadsell, sentencing hearing continued

Wesley Hadsell, father of missing Anjelica Hadsell, arrested on unrelated charges the same day crews search for his daughter. WAVY Photo

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk judge has assigned a new attorney for Wesley Hadsell.

Jason Dunn will now be representing Hadsell in this case moving forward. Along with the appointment, a sentencing hearing for Hadsell was originally set for June 24 at 10 a.m.

However, 10 On Your Side learned June 23 that the hearing was continued. No new date for Hadsell’s sentencing has been scheduled at this time.

Hadsell’s original defense counsel requested to withdraw earlier this month, after a new witness came forward in the case.

Federal investigators believe the witness could have evidence tying Hadsell to the death and disappearance of his adopted daughter, Anjelica.

Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell disappeared last March, and was later found dead in an abandoned home 50 miles from her house.

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Hadsell could be facing up to life in prison for an unrelated federal weapons charge, which he pleaded guilty to last November.

He was arrested during the investigation into AJ’s disappearance, but was never made a suspect.

The prosecution in the weapons case will be arguing for a sentence of 15 years to life for Hadsell.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for the latest on this story.

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