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Tyler Hadley sentencing set for Thursday

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL (WFLX)--Tyler Hadley addressed the court Wednesday afternoon. He told his entire family that he is sorry for what he has done. He said that he doesn't expect forgiveness and said not a single day goes by that he doesn't think about his parents.

The judge said he would announce Hadley's sentence Thursday.

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FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - Tyler Hadley did not take the stand in his own defense and his attorneys have rested on day 7 of his sentencing hearing.

The defense wrapped up after calling several witnesses who visited Hadley in jail.

Two members of the St. Lucie Catholic Church took the stand Tuesday morning.

Father Michael Englert was asked by Tyler Hadley's family to visit Tyler within a few days of the murders of Blake and Mary Jo Hadley.

Father Englert said, "He's a human being. He's done a monstrous thing, but he's not a monster."

Father Englert said the first time he saw Tyler, he was trembling and looked very confused and disoriented. "When I brought the news from family to Tyler that he was loved by them, and they were standing behind them, he began to sob. That was the first and only time I've really seen him sob."

Father Englert said he and Father Vincent Rubino have seen Tyler more than 100 times in jail and that being in jail has been good for Tyler and his growth.

"About a month and a half ago, he said "I took away a mother, a father, a son and a daughter.  Meaning I recognize I did something really bad," Father Rubino said.

Tyler Hadley's grandmother Maggie DiVittorio was on the stand briefly and said all she wants to do is bring Tyler home even though she knows it's not possible. "I just want Tyler not to spend the rest of his life in jail, because I know, I know he's a life worth saving.  Not because he's my grandson but because he's a wonderful young man. Oh God, please."

Before breaking for a recess, the judge denied a motion by the defense to take life without parole off the table.

The prosecution called one expert witness Tuesday afternoon, forensic psychologist Dr. Gregory Landrum.

Closing arguments are scheduled for tomorrow and the judge could rule by Thursday.

The hearing will reconvene at 9:30 Wednesday.

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