Hadsell faces drug charges

Published 1:56 pm Saturday, March 2, 2019


The Norfolk man accused of murdering his adopted stepdaughter nearly four years ago has new charges brought against him.

Wesley Paul Hadsell

Southampton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Gene Drewery stated on Friday that deputies of the agency’s Detention Division received information on Tuesday that Wesley Paul Hadsell may be in possession of illegal narcotics inside the county jail, where he’s being held in custody.

Hadsell, 40, was searched as a result of this information and a small amount of a prescribed medication was found on his person. Drewery added that it’s also believed Hadsell may have given some of the substance to other inmates.

He is being charged with manufacture, sell or possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance by an inmate. Hadsell has been arraigned on the charges.

Earlier that day in Southampton County Circuit Court, at his arraignment he pleaded not guilty to killing Anjelica “A.J.” Hadsell. The charges are first degree murder; murder: non-capital felony; and the concealment of a dead body.

The Longwood University freshman was on spring break at the time of the disappearance on March 3, 2015. In early April, her body was found outside a house on the 34000 block of Smiths Ferry Road (Route 258).

The trial is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, in the county courthouse.