The murder of cheerleader Tristyn Bailey, 13, by a Florida teenager has been admitted to in court, as the teen has reportedly entered a guilty plea. According to CBS 47, Aiden Fucci, 16, entered the plea before jury selection began on Monday in his first-degree murder trial in St. Johns County.
On Mother’s Day of 2021, Fucci, who was 14 at the time, is said to have stabbed Bailey 114 times before dumping her body in a wooded area near her home in St. Johns. Tristyn Bailey, a cheerleader, was reportedly stabbed to death by a teenage boy.
If you would like to make a statement to the court, Fucci said, “I just want to apologize to the Bailey family,” as reported by News 4 Jax. offered additional time by Circuit Judge R. Lee Smith to consider his decision, but he declined.
Although Fucci is only a minor, he is being tried as an adult for first-degree murder. His arrest came the day after Bailey’s mutilated body was discovered in a retention pond near her house on May 10, 2021.
The murder of Bailey rocked the sleepy St. Johns neighborhood where she and Fucci went to school, Patriot Oaks Academy. Reporters had previously heard County State’s Attorney R.J. Larizza say that Bailey died “fighting for her life,” and that Fucci had allegedly told others on the night of her death that he “intended to kill someone by taking them in the woods and stabbing them.”
Larizza also mentioned that Bailey had roughly 49 wounds on her hands, arms, and face from using her own weapon as a weapon of defense. Some eyewitnesses were able to positively identify a knife as Fucci’s after finding it in a pond; the missing tip of the knife was later found in Bailey’s skull. Dr. Predrag Bulic, the Chief Medical Examiner, said that Bailey’s blood was found on the knife.
Who Is Aiden Fucci?
On May 9th, a 14-year-old named Aiden Fucci was taken into custody by the police. He was detained in Daytona Beach at a juvenile detention center. Aiden Fucci was indicted for first-degree murder by a grand jury. As a result, the case will be transferred to the appropriate adult court.
It appears that Fucci is the only person of interest. His fellow student Tristyn Bailey. Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, Florida was home to both of them.
After Tristyn passed away, a picture began making its way around social media. Aiden uploaded it to his Snapchat for everyone to see. Holding a peace sign, he stood behind a police car. “hey guys have anybody seen Tristyn lately?” read the caption.
Prosecutors in Florida claim he can be seen walking alongside her and then taking off alone while running in the footage. They were seen on surveillance footage from a nearby house as they walked through the night toward a wooded area. Crystal Smith, Fucci’s mother, was seen on video shockingly removing blood from her son’s jeans.
What Happened To Tristyn Bailey?
Sheriff of St. Johns County, Florida, Robert Hardwick, Jr., confirmed the discovery of Tristyn’s body. They discovered her body on May 9 in a wooded area of St. Johns County, Florida, where she had been stabbed to death.
The 114 stab wounds sustained by Tristyn were disclosed in a press conference held by Florida’s state attorney, R.J. Larizza, on Thursday, May 27. In addition, 49 of punctures were discovered in her limbs. A folding buck knife was found by investigators in a pond and is being treated as the murder weapon.
The cheerleader was last seen in the North Amenity Center at 1.15 a.m. on May 9. At 10 a.m. on Sunday, her parents reported her missing. The search for the teen subsequently lasted for the next sixteen hours. A neighbor later discovered her body in the nearby woods.
When Is Aiden Fucci Hearing?
A reporter on the scene tweeted that Fucci showed up to hear his new pretrial date february 2, 2022. It is unlikely that the trial will begin before the fall of 2022.
The police have been informed by Fucci that he and Tristyn had an argument on the way home from a friend’s house. He told the judge, “You demons cannot take my soul,” during his last court appearance. Prior to this, he was spotted at the St. John’s County Courthouse hearing, where he was visibly shaken and staring blankly ahead of him.
Several witnesses and suspects have testified that the events leading up to the trial were not a coincidence. This was a callous killing of a young woman who did not deserve to die.
The parents of today can learn something from this murder case as well. They must always know what their children are up to. Fucci is being tried for his crimes as an adult. On the internet, many people have signed a petition demanding that he be given a just punishment.