Aiden Fucci, 14, who stabbed Tristyn Bailey 114 times 'heard voices that told him to kill'
"How is that my problem?", were the words that 14-year-old Aiden Fucci said when he was told Tristyn Bailey's body had been found, according to documents released by the prosecutors on Wednesday, July 14. Fucci is the suspect in the murder of 13-year-old cheerleader Tristyn Bailey. Both of them attended the same school. The victim was found dead near his home in St Johns, Florida, on May 9.
Fucci allegedly stabbed Bailey 114 times. The new documents released in the case include police interviews with Fucci's friends and family and the medical examiner's findings. The medical examiner's report revealed that Bailey had 35 stab wounds to her head and neck and 49 defensive stab wounds on her arms. No evidence of sexual assault was found in her autopsy. The report additionally revealed that Bailey had the words 'karma' written on her left ankle and a smiley face drawn on her right ankle. However, it is not clear whether she drew those herself.
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According to a St Johns County Sheriff's Office report, a classmate at Patriot Oaks Academy that Bailey and Fucci attended told police that the suspect often 'talked about killing people'. That classmate further said that within a month of Bailey's murder, Fucci said he wanted to 'murder someone by dragging them into the woods and stabbing them'. The classmate further alleged that Fucci would 'take his knife out and pretend to stab her with it' and that he would 'draw graphic pictures depicting mutilated bodies'. Fucci reportedly often heard voices who told him to kill people, especially when he was angry, the classmate told the detectives.
Bailey's body was found on May 9 by a local resident just hours after she was reported missing by her family. The surveillance camera footage showed Bailey and Fucci walking towards the spot where her body was dumped the night she disappeared and Fucci walking back alone afterwards. After Bailey's body was discovered, Fucci was arrested on a second-degree murder charge on May 10 and held in a juvenile justice center. According to the recently released documents, when his mother told him in a police interview room that Bailey's body had been found, Fucci replied, "How is that my problem?"
Prosecutors later upgraded the charges against Fucci to first-degree murder and he will now face trial as an adult. During a news conference, State Attorney RJ Larizza said that charging Fucci as an adult was the only option left. "Every time that arm went back and every time that arm went down, that was premeditation," Larizza said. He further indicated that his office will seek life in prison for Fucci without parole. The charge of first-degree, premeditated murder that Fucci is facing, happens to be a capital felony that can even carry the death penalty. However, Fucci does not stand the risk of receiving the death penalty because, in 2005, the US Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional for defendants who were under 18 at the time when the crime was committed. Fucci, if convicted of first-degree murder, could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison.