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"To say that it was horrific could arguably be made as an understatement," said the State Attorney, before revealing new details about Tristyn Bailey's murder.
update at 11:00am on Friday, May 28 2021
Prosecutors have decided to charge Aiden Fucci -- the 14-year-old Florida teen accused of killing 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey -- as an adult. His charge was also upped to first-degree murder on Thursday.
During a press conference, State Attorney R.K. Larizza told reporters Fucci told his friends "he intended to kill someone" and "indicated to witnesses that he was going to kill someone by taking them in the woods and stabbing them." Larizza added Fucci "didn't say who that was" and pointed out how that statement fit the "facts of the case."
"It brings me no pleasure to be charging a 14-year-old as an adult with first-degree murder," he continued. "But I can tell you also the executive team and I reviewed all the facts, all the circumstances, the applicable law and it was not a difficult decision to make, that he should be charged as an adult."
Grisly new details also emerged in the case, as Larizza revealed Bailey was stabbed 114 times, with 49 defensive stab wounds to the hands, arms and head. The tip of the blade broke off and was "located by the medical examiner in the scalp of our victim."
"To say that it was horrific could arguably be made as an understatement," Larizza said. "Bottom line, premeditation can be inferred certainly from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer."
Fucci hasn't entered a plea -- but the Sheriff's office previously said he changed his story several times during interviews after his arrest and made several "admissions" at the time.
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A 14-year-old posted a selfie from the back of a squad car mocking the teen cheerleader he is suspected of killing, according to police.
On Monday, Aiden Fucci was arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, who was found stabbed to death in a remote wooded area of St. Johns, Florida the night before.
After being taken into custody, the teenager allegedly posted a photo of his reflection in the police car to Snapchat, flashing a peace sign, with the caption: "Hey guys has inybody seen Tristyn lately". [sic]
According to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, they received a missing persons call at 10 AM Sunday morning; Bailey's family told detectives they had not seen her since midnight Saturday.
Police immediately issued a missing persons report, asking for public assistance in locating her, telling local residents she was last seen wearing a white cheerleading skirt and a dark colored shirt.
But by 6 PM Sunday the worst was confirmed; a body was located in the woods by a volunteer, and identified.
According to the arrest report obtained by First Coast News, deputies discovered security footage that showed two teens walking together at around 1:45 AM Sunday morning; later footage showed one person walking alone shortly before 3:30 AM, holding a pair of shoes.
The report states that while being interviewed in the presence of his mother, she mentioned something about the video depicting him carrying his shoes, to which Fucci replied his feet hurt.
After obtaining a warrant, investigators said that among the evidence they found was an outfit that matched the one the suspect was wearing in the video; they also said some of the items seized tested positive for the presence of blood.
According to the Sheriff's office, Fucci changed his story several times during interviews, and made several "admissions".
Sheriff Rob Hardwick told WOKV the cop car selfie will likely be used against him in court.
"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," he said. "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 proud of what he did."
"So, you know, this is going to help our case and make it stronger to, you know, his intentions."
On Tuesday, SJSO said a number of other people were trying to "gain fame and followers" by pretending to have knowledge of the crime and posting inflammatory things to social media.
"First, we want to thank each of you for your continued efforts by sending in tips to us. We have gained valuable information and look into everything that is being sent," they wrote.
"There are a number of accounts however that are using this case to try to gain fame and followers. Please know that these individuals had nothing to do with this incident."
"At this time, the below accounts have already been investigated and no longer need to be forwarded to the Sheriff's Office," they added, listing a number of Instagram user names they had determined to be fakers.
Meanwhile, Fucci made his first appearance in court on Tuesday morning: