Mistrial declared in Hadsell case

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Judge Wayne Farmer declared a mistrial in the case against Wesley Paul Hadsell on Wednesday afternoon. The Norfolk man had been charged with the first-degree murder of his adopted stepdaughter, Anjelica “A.J.” Hadsell, which took place sometime from March 2 to April 9, 2015.

The trial began with jury selection on Monday, and the potential jurors were told to expect it to last two to three weeks.

Southampton County Clerk of Court Richard Francis told The Tidewater News that Judge Farmer announced this morning that an issue had arisen and the jury was sent out. Essentially, there was a stipulation about what could come into evidence, he said. Southampton Commonwealth Attorney Eric Cooke made the motion for the mistrial earlier in the afternoon, and the defense did not object.

“So in the interest of fairness,” said Francis, “the judge declared a mistrial.”

A meeting will take place on Friday morning, he added, to set a date for a new trial.

The CA’s office, when contacted, had no comment to make on the issue.