A Virginia man on Tuesday was convicted of murdering his 18-year-old stepdaughter who died of heroin poisoning nearly seven years ago, a report said.
Wesley Hadsell now faces life in prison for the killing of Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell, who disappeared while home from college for spring break in March 2015, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
AJ, a student at Longwood University, had been missing for five weeks before authorities found her body partially buried in a drainage ditch behind an abandoned home in Southampton County.
An autopsy by a medical examiner determined the teen died of heroin poisoning and “homicidal violence,” the newspaper reported.
The stepfather was charged in the case in 2018 after police uncovered evidence linking him to the crime.
A GPS inside the Wesley’s work van showed he drove to the address where AJ was found two days after she went missing.
Investigators also found duct tape, a shovel, a hair band and a photo of AJ inside the van.
AJ’s body was found with bruises to her chin and across her chest.
Prosecutors theorized in court the injuries resulted from Wesley forcing her to take heroin.
The teen, who did not have a history of drug use, had three times the lethal amount of heroin in her system, the autopsy revealed.
Her stepfather, meanwhile, was booted from his Norfolk home by his wife just days before AJ’s disappearance because of his drug use and unusual behavior, prosecutors said.
Then a day after AJ was reported missing, Wesley purchased heroin, his drug dealer testified in court.
Police said they also found heroin in the hotel room he stayed at after getting kicked out of his house.
Wesley’s defense team argued AJ was depressed over her boyfriend and killed herself with a lethal dose medicine she had for migraine headaches, the report said.
Wesley is due to be sentenced April 4.