12-year-old rape trial delayed again

A new trial has been scheduled for a former Delaware County man charged with a 12-year-old rape offense.

Wesley Paul Hadsell, 39, had been scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 8 to face two counts of rape, which are first-degree felonies; a charge of kidnapping, also a first-degree felony; and a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, but on July 27 Hadsell’s attorney asked for a continuance.

Hadsell’s defense attorney, Brian Jones, asked that Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Everett Krueger reschedule the trial so Jones has more time to prepare a defense for Hadsell.

Krueger granted the motion on Aug. 16 and scheduled a new trial for Nov. 14.

Prosecutors said last year that this case is a re-indictment of a case from 2005. Court documents from the 2005 case allege on Aug. 21, 2005, Hadsell restrained, raped, and physically harmed a woman.

Hadsell was originally indicted on the charges in 2005 but that case was dismissed after Hadsell was indicted in U.S. District Court for a bank robbery charge. He was later sentenced to 54 months in jail for a bank robbery in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This is not the first delay in Hadsell’s case after it was delayed from February to March then to May and then to July and finally delayed to Aug. 8.

Hadsell is being held in the Delaware County Jail awaiting his trial. He has also been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Virginia on federal ammunition charges.

According to Hampton Roads-based newspaper The Virginian-Pilot, Hadsell pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal purchase of ammunition in November 2015. The Virginian-Pilot reports that despite being a convicted felon, Hadsell purchased Winchester .40-caliber and Luger 9mm ammunition in December 2013.

The Virginian-Pilot also reports Hadsell confessed to going to a gun range in Chesapeake, Virginia and firing some of the ammo.

News outlets in Virginia report that Hadsell had been a suspect in the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Anjelica “AJ” Hadsell.

The Virginian-Pilot reports “AJ” Hadsell, was found dead in April 2015 near an abandoned home in Southampton County, Virginia. The cause was acute heroin poisoning, but the manner — whether it was accidental, suicide or homicide — is unknown, the newspaper reported.

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https://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/08/web1_hadsell-mug-new.jpgHadsell Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.