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Man Convicted in Woman's 2007 Slaying

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Justin Michael Hadel, convicted murderer Justin Michael Hadel, convicted murderer
Christine Marie Sheddy Christine Marie Sheddy

SNOW HILL, Md.- A Worcester County Circuit Court jury on Wednesday found a Texas man guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Christine Marie Sheddy, a mother of three who disappeared from a Pocomoke City home more than three and a half years ago.

In addition to his murder conviction, 20-year-old Justin Michael Hadel of College Station, Texas, was also found guilty of first-degree assault. No sentencing date has been set yet. A presentence investigation has been ordered.

Lynn Dodenhoff, Sheddy's mother, said justice was served.

"My daughter has a voice, and it was heard today in court," Dodenhoff said. "It closes a chapter. We buried her and that was one thing, but today, someone was held responsible."

According to the statement of charges, Hadel killed Sheddy on or about Nov. 13, 2007, at a home at 2911 Byrd Road in Pocomoke.

Sheddy's skeletal remains were found on Feb. 19, 2010, on the grounds of a bed and breakfast in downtown Snow Hill, Md.

Sheddy was reported as missing on Nov. 14, 2007. The 26-year-old Bowers Beach, Del. woman had last been seen at the Pocomoke home where she had been staying as a guest, authorities said.

Charging documents show that Hadel had also been a guest at the home at the time of Sheddy's disappearance. According to prosecutors, witnesses stated Hadel was responsible for Sheddy's death and provided investigators with a potential location of her remains.

During the search for Sheddy's body, a clandestine grave was excavated which produced deceased human remains. Clothing found on the remains were consistent with the clothing Sheddy was reportedly wearing on the day of her disappearance.


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