Virginia Governor may testify as witness in murder trial

The defense hopes that Gov. Ralph Northam’s testimony could exonerate Wesley Hadsell, accused of killing his stepdaughter more than three years ago.
2:31 | 01/26/20

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We're going to start this half hour with a governor expected to be called to a witness stand, Ralph Northam of Virginia may be testifying in a murder trial as a defense witness. And ABC's Mona Kosar Abdi joins us with more. Mona, good morning. Reporter: More than three years after A.J. Hadsell's disappearance, her stepfather was charged in her murder. He maintains his innocence and they're hoping that governor Ralph Northam's testimony can help prove that. Virginia governor Ralph Northam, a key witness in a case that grabbed national headlines. And we're going the start here with the disappearance of a college freshman. Reporter: Subpoena request for Ralph Northam. In the trial of Wesley Hadsell. A.J. Was Northam's former patient. As a doctor he did something in his practice that's according to this judge relevant in this case. Reporter: According to the court documents, Northam prescribed A.J. Antidepressants. Two months before she vanished while visiting her family on spring break. At the time, Hadsell was a member of the search party, issuing desperate calls for her safe return. Soon after Hadsell was arrested and charged with a.j.'s murder. Our affiliate speaking to him behind bars. Our focus needs to be on A.J. That's what I need, the focus on her, because my actions are irrelevant right now to me. Reporter: Hadsell's attorney telling ABC news, saying, Wesley Hadsell firmly maintains that he in no way harmed Anjelica and looks to be fully exonerated. They'll look at the medical records. Reporter: The defense states the antidepressants as well as diary entries from A.J. Show she may have been suicidal. Governor Northam who's no longer practicing medicine while in office telling ABC news he was saddened to learn about his patient's death. He's happy to provide any information that may be helpful to this case, and is looking forward to seeing justice served for her and her loved ones. Police located a.j.'s body using a gps unit found inside Hadsell's van that led them to abandoned residence. We do want to transition to the weather once again and our

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