Aiden Fucci Pleads Guilty to Abolish for Stabbing 13-365 days-Old Cheerleader Tristyn Bailey 114 Instances
Aiden Fucci, the Florida teen who became once wretchedness to face trial for the brutal 2021 assassinate of 13-year-old vogue Tristyn Bailey on Monday, has pleaded guilty to first-level assassinate in her lethal stabbing.
Fucci, 16, entered the plea in St. Johns County Courthouse accurate sooner than jury change became once wretchedness to commence, News4Jax, Click on Orlando and First Creep News story.
“I accurate must divulge regret to the Bailey family,” Fucci said after changing his plea from no longer guilty, News4Jax reviews.
Fucci faces a sentence of life in penal advanced with at least 40 years.
Fourteen at the time of the assassinate, Fucci became once charged as an grownup with first-level assassinate within the stabbing of the 13-year-old vogue cheerleader, who became once chanced on pointless within the woods shut to her dwelling on Mother’s Day 2021.
St. Johns County Sheriff
Tristyn became once chanced on pointless on Might perchance merely 9, 2021, after her dad and mom reported her missing.
Tristyn had been stabbed 114 times, with at least 49 stab wounds to her fingers, hands, and head that get been “defensive in nature,” 7th Judicial Circuit Reveal Attorney R.J. Larizza, told reporters at a press convention at the time.
Fucci became once arrested on Might perchance merely 10, 2021, and subsequently made several “admissions” of guilt, per his arrest story.
Authorities said they chanced on his clothing stained with blood as smartly as a looking knife believed to be the assassinate weapon in a nearby pond.
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Days sooner than Tristyn’s killing, Fucci told pals that he deliberate to assassinate anyone, though he did no longer specify whom, Larizza said.
Tristyn Bailey, Aiden Fucci.
Courtesy Tanya White; Court screenshot
“He indicated to witnesses that he became once going to assassinate anyone by taking them within the woods and stabbing them,” Larizza said.
After his arrest, Fucci posted to social media a selfie of himself within the aid of a patrol automobile referencing Tristyn. Within the picture, Fucci is seen giving a peace signal. The picture has the caption: “Hiya guys has any one seen Tristyn no longer too long ago?”
For the duration of a pre-trial convention by project of video from a room within the Duval County Detention heart, Fucci became once also heard talking about demons, announcing, “Please construct no longer let the demons consume my soul. The demons are going to consume my soul away.”
Fucci then requested, “What is going on on?” after which says, “Why am I here? I accurate must command to my mom and dad. What is going on? What is going on on?”
PEOPLE’s name to his lawyer, Josh Mosley, became once no longer without extend returned.
Fucci’s mom, Crystal Smith, is charged with tampering with evidence in her son’s assassinate case, allegedly for washing blood off her son’s jeans.
Attorneys for Fucci and his mom did no longer without extend return PEOPLE’s requests for observation.
Fucci is scheduled to attain aid to court docket on Feb. 23 for a listening to to discuss sentencing.