Aiden Fucci live updates – Tristyn Bailey 'stabbed so viciously by suspect, 14, the buck knife blade broke,' lawyer says

TRISTYN Bailey was allegedly "stabbed so viciously that the buck knife blade broke and stuck in her scalp," Florida State Attorney R.J. Larizza claimed.

Larizza revealed the grim details of Bailey's frenzied stabbing death last Thursday and confirmed that Aiden Fucci will be tried as an adult after he was accused of murdering the 13-year-old cheerleader.

The lawyer confirmed Bailey had 114 stab wounds – 49 of which were defensive – and that the murder weapon was found near the pond where her body was discovered.

Larizza told reporters that the blade had "broken off" after the knife was "located by the medical examiner in the scalp of our victim."

The decision to charge Fucci with first-degree murder came from a grand jury, which met in secret earlier that morning.

First-degree murder charges automatically move the case to adult court.

"The adult system is where this case belongs," Larizza said during the press conference.

The 14-year-old is the only suspect in the murder of his classmate.

Larizza said it "brought him no pleasure to charge a 14-year-old" with first-degree murder, but said the law and facts in the case "made it an easy decision to make."

The state attorney said it "would be an understatement to describe Tristyn's murder as horrific."

He said Tristyn was stabbed a staggering 114 times, with 49 of those wounds sustained to her hands and arms. Larizza described those wounds as "defensive", and said that Tristyn suffered them as she "fought for her life."

Fucci could appear in court again as early as Friday.

Read our Aiden Fucci live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    DOES AIDEN FUCCI HAVE A PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION?

    When pressed by reporters, Florida attorney R.J. Larizza said there is no evidence to suggest that Fucci suffers from any psychological conditions.

    He also said that the teen had no previous criminal history.

    Larizza refused to disclose whether the killing was sexually motivated, or whether Tristyn had been sexually assaulted during the murder.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    FUCCI WANTED TO 'STAB SOMEONE'

    Aiden Fucci told friends he wanted to "take someone into the woods and stab them" before he allegedly murdered Tristyn Bailey with a buck knife, prosecutors say.

    Fucci made comments to "several people" that he "intended to kill someone."

    "He didn't say who that was but he indicated that he was going to kill someone by taking them into the woods and stabbing them which are certainly the facts of this case," a Florida attorney said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WAS AIDEN FUCCI ARRESTED?

    Aiden Fucci was arrested on May 10 just hours after her body was found by a pond.

    investigators found Fucci's DNA on Tristyn's body.

    They also found Tristyn's DNA on shoes and a t-shirt found in Fucci's bedroom.

    More than 700,000 people had signed an online petition urging prosecutors to try Fucci as an adult for the brutal attack and upgrade his charges to murder in the first degree.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WAS THE MURDER OF TRISTYN BAILEY PREMEDITATED?

    Explaining the premeditated murder charge, Florida attorney R.J. Larizza said: "Premeditation can be inferred from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer. 

    "[But] It's not just the fact she was stabbed 114 times – it's also information that we were able to glean from witnesses."

    Larizza alleged that Fucci made comments to "several people" that he "intended to kill someone."

    "He didn't say who that was but he indicated that he was going to kill someone by taking them into the woods and stabbing them which are certainly the facts of this case," Larizza continued.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRISTYN STABBED 114 TIMES

    In a press conference announcing the upgraded charges on Thursday, Florida State Attorney RJ Larizza also revealed new details in the case.

    Larizza revealed for the first time that Tristyn had been stabbed 114 times – with 49 of those wounds sustained to her hands and arms as she "fought for her life."

    Police said they discovered what they believe to be the murder weapon, a folding buck knife, from a pond near to where Tristyn's body was found on May 9.

    The tip of the knife was missing, which medical examiners later located lodged in Tristyn's scalp.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    AIDEN APPEARS IN COURT

    Aiden Fucci appeared in court on Friday to be arraigned on the upgraded charges.

    The teenager was wearing a black shirt and a white face mask that he had pulled down onto his chin. He was standing up in a white room for his appearance. He initially played with his hair to push it off of his face.

    Fucci spoke to confirm who he was when asked by Judge Maltz. He then raised his right hand and replied "yes sir" when he was sworn in.

    The judge decided that there is probable cause to indict Fucci on the charge, but confirmed that due to his age he will not face the death penalty.

    The first appearance hearing lasted for less than 10 minutes and concluded with the judge setting Fucci's arraignment for the "next week or two."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WAS TRISTYN LAST SEEN?

    Tristyn was last seen in St Johns on the morning of May 9 and was reported missing by her family. Her body was found that same day.

    Fucci was a fellow student at her school.

    The sheriff's office said that Bailey's body was found at the end of a retention pond, and that she appeared to have significant injury to her head and other trauma.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT DID TRISTYN'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY?

    Tanya White, who taught Tristyn cheerleading, described the tragedy as "completely horrendous" and "mind-blowing."

    Speaking on Aiden, she said: "I'm glad he has been arrested and it's moving quickly and not dragged out for the parents' sake."

    The 14-year-old is the only suspect in the murder of his classmate.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW MANY YEARS WILL AIDEN FUCCI BE SENTENCED?

    The 14-year-old will face an upgraded charge of first degree-murder and is expected to appear in court later this year.

    The new first-degree murder charges will automatically move the case to an adult court.

    A person convicted of first-degree murder will usually face a sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.

    Fucci will face adult penalties if convicted and will even be housed in an adult jail – though he'd be held separately from the general population.

    The state attorney shared that if Fucci receives life in prison, he will be eligible for a review at age 25 because he is a minor.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRISTYN'S DNA FOUND ON FUCCI

    Florida attorney R.J. Larizza disclosed that investigators found Fucci's DNA on Tristyn's body.

    They also found Tristyn's DNA on shoes and a t-shirt found in Fucci's bedroom, Larizza said.

    When pressed by reporters, Larizza said there is no evidence to suggest that Fucci suffers from any psychological conditions. He also said that the teen had no previous criminal history.

    The state attorney said it "would be an understatement" to describe Tristyn's murder as "horrific."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHERE IS AIDEN FUCCI BEING HELD?

    Aiden Fucci is currently being held at the Duval County Jail in Florida.

    Fucci, 14, is still facing life behind bars after prosecutors decided on Thursday to charge him as an adult with premeditated first-degree murder in the brutal killing of 13-year-old Tristyn.

    Fucci had previously been charged as a juvenile on one count of second-degree murder.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRISTYN'S COUSIN HOPES AIDEN CONFESSES

    Tristyn's cousin, Connie Stull, exclusively told The Sun that she hopes Aiden confesses.

    Asked if she hopes he comes clean, she replied: "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."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TRISTYN BAILEY'S PARENTS RELEASE NEW STATEMENT

    Tristyn Bailey's family released a statement shortly after a press conference, saying they "appreciate" the new charges against Fucci.

    "We [also] greatly appreciate the tremendous community outpouring from all parts of the world. Particularly for those in St. Johns that have helped from the Mother’s Day search, the vigils, remembrances and memorials.

    "With the press conference sharing details of this heinous crime, the caring and love shown from the people and businesses to raise up the memory of Tristyn and the resolve of our community serve as a beacon of light in the darkness."

    The family continued: "We do ask for your continued respect for our privacy as well as of Tristyn’s teammates and her school. As we move forward, we will seek to keep Tristyn’s memory alive and the spirit of the community."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HOW MUCH JAIL TIME WILL AIDEN FUCCI RECEIVE?

    A person convicted of first-degree murder will usually face a sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.

    Fucci will face adult penalties if convicted and will even be housed in an adult jail – though he'd be held separately from the general population.

    The state attorney shared that if Fucci receives life in prison, he will be eligible for a review at age 25 because he is a minor.

    Such an outcome is deemed likely amid an ongoing effort to reduce sentences for juveniles, in Florida.  

    Fucci will also receive certain benefits or accommodations because of his age at the time of the crime and sentencing.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    NEW MUGSHOT RELEASED AFTER COURT APPEARANCE

    The first appearance hearing in the case of Tristyn Bailey's murder lasted for less than 10 minutes and concluded with the judge setting Fucci's arraignment for the "next week or two."

    At around the same time as the hearing, law enforcement released a new mug shot of Fucci.

    In the image, the teen is seen staring vacantly back at the camera. His hair is pushed off of his blemished face back into a quiff, exposing the shaved sides of his head.

    In his first mugshot, captured after his arrest on May 10, the teen was seen with his long brown locks hanging down over the sides of his face – again showing no discernible sign of emotion.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    PETITION PUSHED FOR AIDEN FUCCI TO BE TRIED AS ADULT

    More than 700,000 people had signed an online petition urging prosecutors to try Fucci as an adult for the brutal attack and upgrade his charges to murder in the first degree.

    Prosecutors had until May 31st – or 21 days after the date of his arrest – to decide whether to try Fucci as an adult.

    Had prosecutors declined, he wouldn't have legally been allowed to be held in jail past the age of 21.

    Now Larizza says prosecutors will seek a life sentence without parole but added that Aiden would likely be able to appeal it due to a state-wide effort to reduce sentences for juveniles.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WAS TRISTYN'S MURDER PREMEDITATED?

    Currently, prosecutors say that have no evidence suggest that Fucci specifically targeted Tristyn.

    "This could just be a case of wrong place, wrong time," Florida attorney R.J. Larizza said.

    None of the others who were with the pair the night Tristyn died are suspected of wrongdoing.

    But the prosecutor voiced frustration that Fucci's alleged plans to commit homicide were "not taken seriously" when he confessed them to "several" of his peers.

    "Could this have been prevented? We can't be sure," he said, adding that the murder should serve as a cautionary tale to parents that they "need to know what your kids are doing and saying."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    AIDEN FUCCI POSTS SNAPCHAT AFTER ARREST

    As news of the murder made headlines across the US, a social media image surfaced of Fucci, appearing to show him holding up a peace sign in the back of a police car.

    The caption to the image, which appeared to have been posted on Snapchat, read: "Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately.”

    Police confirmed the image was being reviewed as potential evidence in the case.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    AIDEN FUCCI DNA FOUND ON TRISTYN'S BODY

    Florida attorney R.J. Larizza disclosed that investigators found Fucci's DNA on Tristyn's body.

    They also found Tristyn's DNA on shoes and a t-shirt found in Fucci's bedroom, Larizza said.

    When pressed by reporters, Larizza said there is no evidence to suggest that Fucci suffers from any psychological conditions. He also said that the teen had no previous criminal history.

    The state attorney said it "would be an understatement" to describe Tristyn's murder as "horrific."

    "She was fighting for her life. It's just sad that we have to talk about that," he said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT HAPPENED ON THE NIGHT OF THE MURDER?

    On the night of Tristyn's death, Florida attorney R.J. Larizza says the pair had been hanging out with a few friends before they were eventually left alone together.

    Currently, prosecutors say that have no evidence suggest that Fucci specifically targeted Tristyn.

    "This could just be a case of wrong place, wrong time," Larizza said.

    None of the others who were with the pair the night Tristyn died are suspected of wrongdoing.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT WAS THE MURDER WEAPON?

    Police said they discovered what they believe to be the murder weapon, a folding buck knife, from a pond near to where Tristyn's body was found on May 9.

    The tip of the knife was missing, which medical examiners later located lodged in Tristyn's scalp.

    Florida attorney R.J. Larizza revealed for the first time that Tristyn had been stabbed 114 times – with 49 of those wounds sustained to her hands and arms as she "fought for her life."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    COULD TRISTYN'S DEATH HAVE BEEN PREVENTED?

    The prosecutor in Aiden Fucci's case voiced frustration that Fucci's alleged plans to commit homicide were "not taken seriously" when he confessed them to "several" of his peers.

    "Could this have been prevented? We can't be sure," he said, adding that the murder should serve as a cautionary tale to parents that they "need to know what your kids are doing and saying."

    Larizza refused to disclose whether the killing was sexually motivated, or whether Tristyn had been sexually assaulted during the murder.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHY DID AIDEN MURDER TRISTYN?

    Prior to Fucci’s first court appearance, Sheriff Robert Hardwick told WOKV that the image shows he is “proud of what he did.”

    However, early indications suggested that he was not known to have had any prior grievances with Bailey.

    Prosecutors currently say there is no evidence to suggest that Fucci specifically targeted Tristyn beforehand.

    Florida attorney R.J. Larizza said: "This could just be a case of wrong place, wrong time."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    AIDEN FUCCI WILL BE TRIED AS ADULT

    Aiden Fucci had previously been charged as a juvenile on one count of second-degree murder.

    He will now be tried as an adult, and is facing life behind bars.

    In a press conference announcing the upgraded charges on Thursday, Florida State Attorney RJ Larizza explained the premeditated murder charge: "Premeditation can be inferred from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer."

    Aiden Fucci reportedly told friends he "wanted to take someone into the woods and stab them"

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHO ARE TRISTYN BAILEY'S PARENTS?

    Tristyn Bailey’s parents, Stacy and Forrest held a ceremony to honor Bailey’s life at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

    The family is devastated by the sudden loss of the teenager, with Stacy promising to keep her daughter’s memory alive.

    In the ceremony, Stacy said: “I was going to make her name shine above all the evil that has happened.”

    She described Bailey as a goal-getter, saying: “She had a drive in her soul to be the best and always give 100-percent to achieve her goals.”

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