POSTED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:21am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 10:26am
(CNN) — A Florida man accused of killing his parents with a hammer and having a party after stashing their bodies when he was a 17-years-old in 2011 pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of first-degree murder with a weapon.
The move by Tyler Hadley, who previously pleaded not guilty, came less than a month before he was to stand trial for the July 2011 deaths of Blake and Mary Jo Hadley.
Hadley could be sentenced, at a maximum, to life in prison without parole. A judge in Florida's St. Lucie County will hold a mitigation hearing to determine whether Hadley's youth or other factors should lead to a lesser sentence.
Authorities said Hadley beat his parents near and in the master bedroom of their Port St. Lucie home on July 16, 2011, sometime after posting an invitation to a party at his home on Facebook.
After killing his parents, Hadley used "books, files, towels, anything that he could find inside the home to cover the bodies" in the bedroom, Port St. Lucie police spokesman Tom Nichols said at the time.