A former Delaware man living in Virginia appeared in federal court Wednesday to face a federal weapons charge.
Wesley Hadsell, 36, formerly of 28 Cheshire St., Apt. B, Delaware, was taken into federal custody Wednesday after six state charges for obstructing justice, possessing ammunition after a felony, and burglary were dropped and he was served federal charges, WAVY Channel 10 said.
Hadsell is the adoptive father of 18-year-old AJ Hadsell, who disappeared in March and was found dead in April. Her body was discovered in April behind a home in Southhampton County, Virginia, WAVY Channel 10 said.
WAVY reported investigators said a heroin overdose was the cause of death but were unsure of the manner of her death.
Hadsell briefly appeared before a judge on a federal charge of possessing ammunition by a convicted felon. He appeared in court by himself and requested a public defender, according to WAVY.
WAVY reports the federal weapons charge stems from a search of Hadsell’s Norfolk hotel room on March 20, 2015. Investigators say they found about 80 rounds of ammunition, some of which was found hidden in an air vent, according to court papers.
Hadsell is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 14 for a preliminary hearing and a bond hearing. Hadsell said he will likely ask for a continuance of the hearing for at least one week to allow more time to prepare his defense.
WAVY reports that no one has been charged in AJ Hadsell’s death.
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