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After coronavirus interruption, new trial date set for Wesley Hadsell murder case

A mistrial was declared, and his second trial set for May 19. After the coronavirus pandemic affected court hearings, his trial was rescheduled for March 31, 2021.

A new date was set for the murder trial of Wesley Hadsell after the coronavirus pandemic shifted court availability.

Hadsell is accused of killing his stepdaughter Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell back in 2015.

Hadsell was scheduled to have a trial in May, but after courts closed across the commonwealth to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it had to be rscheduled.

His case will be heard on March 31, 2021, with a pre-trial on September 29.

Online court records show the murder trial is expected to last a month.

The prosecution team asked the judge for a mistrial in February after Hadsell's defense team and prosecutors couldn't determine what evidence the jury should be allowed to hear.

That evidence included media recordings and criminal recordings. Hadsell's defense lawyer, James Ellenson, said there was also a disagreement about a stipulation that had been agreed on prior to the trial.

Hadsell's second trial date had been set for May 19. Motions hearings were scheduled for March 11 and April 30.

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Now that those dates have been determined, the next step is to select and seat a new set of jurors.

During the initial trial, opening arguments were made and prosecutors brought forth key witnesses to testify like an investigator who played a central role in investigating Anjelica Hadsell's death.

Ellenson argued that AJ was possibly suicidal and that the prosecution must prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt.

Anjelica went missing in March 2015 during her spring break from Longwood University. Her body was found weeks later behind an abandoned home in a shallow grave. A medical examiner determined she died by acute heroin poisoning and homicidal violence.

Wesley Hadsell was charged in November 2018 with first-degree murder, non-capital murder and felony concealment of a dead body.

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