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Tyler Hadley to face first degree murder charges

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By Meghan McRoberts

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - Tyler Hadley was back in a St. Lucie courtroom Thursday as attorneys argued over juvenile justice laws and the punishment Hadley would receive if he's convicted.

Update, THU 4 PM: Tyler Hadley will head to trial on first degree murder charges after a judge denied four defense motions for lesser charges Thursday.

Public Defender Diamond Litty said the ruling makes it challenging to tell Hadley what punishment he could face if convicted. Meanwhile, State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl said he's ready for trial. 

Hadley is accused of killing his parents then throwing a party afterwards.

Hadley's attorneys wanted their client be charged with second-degree murder because he was 17, a juvenile, when the killings happened.

Previously: Attorneys for Tyler Hadley, the man accused of killing his parents then throwing a party afterwards, will ask a judge at a Thursday hearing to dismiss his first-degree murder charges.

The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County courthouse in Fort Pierce.

Hadley's attorneys will ask that their client be charged with second-degree murder because he was 17, a juvenile, when the incident happened.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that juveniles can't be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

Now, many states including Florida are looking at ways to address sentencing issues when it comes to minors.

Court records show that since 2012, Florida appellate courts have upheld juvenile sentences that imposed a term of life, but with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Lawmakers in Tallahassee are expected to address the issue when the session starts in March.

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