Aiden Fucci, a 14-year-old Florida boy, will be tried as an adult in the alleged first-degree murder of a 13-year-old girl, due to circumstances surrounding the case.
Tristyn Bailey showed up at the house of a friend at 12:30 am on Mother´s Day, where Aiden Fucci, his schoolmate, was hanging out as well. After being at this friend´s house for less than an hour, Tristyn and Aiden left the house together and were recorded by different security cameras on Saddlestone Court, walking toward the end of the cul-de-sac. After an hour and a half, one of the security cameras recorded one of the two schoolmates running in the opposite direction, barefoot and carrying a pair of sneakers. Aiden was reported to have returned home around 3:30 am.
In the morning, Tristyn’s family noticed that she did not come home, so they called 911 and reported her missing. It wasn´t until around 6 pm of the same day that Tristyn´s body was found near Saddlestone Court, only half a mile away from Aiden´s house.
The chief medical examiner ruled Bailey´s death a homicide caused by sharp force trauma by stabbing. She received 114 stabs wounds, 49 on her hands, arm, and head, some of which showed signs of defense. The knife used on her was found near the crime scene and matched the description of one of Aiden´s knives.
Based on the sheer number of stab wounds that Bailey suffered at the hands of her assailant, premeditation could be inferred. Witnesses’ statements that Fucci had planned to kill someone by “taking them into the woods and stabbing them”, and other statements about the defendant´s mental health led to him being tried as an adult.
Furthermore, investigators disclosed that they recovered DNA evidence from Fucci on Bailey´s body, and found Bailey´s DNA on Fucci´s shoes, despite his mother washing Aiden´s jeans that were covered in the victim´s blood. Fucci´s mother is now being charged with evidence tampering, which is a third-degree felony.
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