Aiden Fucci: Tristyn Bailey murder accused, 14, rolls his eyes as judge reads his detention terms in court
ST JOHNS COUNTY, FLORIDA: A teenager, who allegedly killed his schoolmate, reportedly rolled his eyes when his detention terms were read out in a court after his arrest. Aiden Fucci, 14, is accused of murdering Tristyn Bailey — a 13-year-old cheerleader. Both of them went to the same school, Patriot Oaks Academy, but it’s not very clear if they knew each other.
Bailey was reported missing on Sunday, May 9, at around 10 in the morning by her family. Later that day, her remains were discovered in a wooded area of the Durbin Crossing neighborhood in St Johns County, Florida. The same day Fucci was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder.
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On Tuesday morning, May 11, Fucci was presented virtually in court before Judge Richard Orfinger at a detention center in Volusia County. Judge Orfinger said, “I do find that there is probable cause to believe the offense occurred and at this time I am going to order that Mr Fucci be detained by the department of juvenile justice in secure detention for 21 days or until further order of the court.”
First Fucci seemed to control his tears, however, when his parents were asked by the court to pay $5 every day while he was at the center, he rolled his eyes. Reportedly, it still remains unclear whether the schoolboy will be tried as an adult since the sheriff said it’s early to determine that since the probe is still on.
Earlier, it was reported that Fucci shared a Snapchat picture of himself apparently mocking the death of Bailey and being “proud of what he did”. Authorities have said that they are also investigating that selfie, which he took in the back of a police vehicle, and posted it on social media with a caption, saying, “hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately.” Sheriff Robert Hardwick said, “I know it looks egregious with him making those statements in that car, but that is now evidence that we gather and use against him. So that just makes our case a better case to present to the State Attorney’s office and to present to a jury down the road saying this was his mindset. This is what he’s doing, was he’s proud of what he did. So, you know, this is going to help our case and make it stronger to, you know, his intentions.”
Meanwhile, it has been said if Fucci is tried as an adult and convicted of the second-degree murder charge, he could face life imprisonment. Tristyn's cousin, Connie Stull, told The Sun she hopes Fucci admits. When she was questioned if she hopes he comes clean, she answered, “Yes I do. I have cried my eyes out. I looked him [Aiden] up on Facebook, but there are too many. I'm happy they made an arrest and hope they try him as an adult. Tristyn was a sweetheart, she loved cheerleading, I'm an emotional wreck, my husband and I didn't sleep well last night.”
Tanya White, the victim’s cheerleading teacher, called her death “completely horrendous” and “mind-blowing.” She added, “I'm glad he has been arrested and it's moving quickly and not dragged out for the parents' sake. Tristyn was a cheerleader for our middle school association and captain as a 7th grader. Tristyn was an incredible leader, friend, and role model for many athletes. She lit up the room with her smile and spunk! She absolutely did not deserve this. The whole community and cheer world is devastated. We are all pulling together and here to support Tristyn’s family during this difficult time.”