Two days after her physique was present in a wooded space close to her residence, authorities introduced Tuesday afternoon how 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey died.
In keeping with the chief medical expert, Bailey’s demise was a murder brought on by “sharp power trauma by stabbing,” the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Workplace revealed in a information launch posted to its Fb web page simply earlier than 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Bailey’s 14-year-old schoolmate, Aiden Fucci, has been arrested and charged with second-degree homicide in her demise.
In keeping with Fucci’s arrest report, he and Bailey have been noticed collectively on surveillance video from the North Durbin Facilities Middle, strolling north at 1:14 a.m. Sunday.
The arrest report says two topics have been seen about half-hour afterward a house surveillance digital camera strolling east on Saddlestone Drive. One was sporting black pants and a black shirt, the garments Bailey was sporting when her physique was discovered hours later close to a retention pond. The report mentioned she had a “vital damage to her head” and “different trauma.” The medical expert later decided she had been stabbed.
The opposite particular person within the video was sporting shorts, a lightweight coloured hooded sweatshirt and white footwear with a black Nike emblem, police mentioned. In keeping with the arrest report, rather less than two hours later, at 3:27 a.m., solely the particular person in shorts is seen strolling again west on Saddlestone Drive, carrying the white footwear with the Nike emblem.
Police mentioned Fucci admitted in a dialog along with his mom that was recorded within the interview room on the police station that he took his footwear off “as a result of his ft damage” and carried them residence.
Police mentioned the retention pond the place Bailey was discovered was simply to the east of the Saddlestone Drive cul-de-sac, about 0.3 of a mile from Fucci’s residence, “which is according to the timeline established from the video surveillance,” the arrest report mentioned.
Police mentioned they discovered the garments from the video at Fucci’s residence, together with different “gadgets of evidentiary worth,” and that a few of what they discovered had blood on it.
Police mentioned Fucci’s statements modified a number of instances throughout questioning however he finally made a number of admissions, which together with the proof on the residence and the video surveillance footage, led to his arrest.
Fucci appeared in a Volusia County courtroom Tuesday morning, as he’s in custody with the Division of Juvenile Justice there following his arrest.
Fucci appeared earlier than Circuit Choose Michael Orfinger at 8:30 a.m. by way of a Zoom convention name. The seventh Circuit State Legal professional’s Workplace has not but determined if he will likely be charged as an grownup. Whereas they make that dedication, Fucci was ordered to be held in DJJ custody for the subsequent 21 days.
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Each of Fucci’s dad and mom have been additionally on the Zoom name.
After the temporary look, Fucci’s lawyer, Andy Snober, instructed News4Jax by telephone that he had no remark presently.
Shannon Schott, a protection lawyer who makes a speciality of juvenile regulation, identified minors aren’t eligible for the demise penalty however mentioned Fucci may feasibly face life in jail if he’s charged as an grownup.
“I feel primarily based on the general public outcry he may very probably be taking a look at grownup sanctions,” mentioned Schott, who is just not related to the case.
But when Fucci is just not charged as an grownup, Schott mentioned, legally he couldn’t be held in jail past age 21.
“It’s a must to perceive that the method for juvenile courtroom could be rehabilitation, so an effort could be made to rehabilitate this little one and handle no matter led this little one down this street versus grownup courtroom the place he would simply go to jail and sit in jail,” Schott mentioned.
The sheriff mentioned it’s nonetheless early within the investigation, and the cost or expenses Fucci finally faces may change. In keeping with an announcement, the state lawyer will determine whether or not it’s applicable to cost the teenager as an grownup.
“As Sheriff (Rob) Hardwick acknowledged in his press convention immediately, our workplace will proceed to analyze the case to find out each the suitable expenses going ahead, and whether or not or not (Fucci) will likely be charged as an grownup,” a State Legal professional’s Workplace spokesperson mentioned.
Hardwick mentioned this going to be a protracted course of.
“There are a number of crime scenes concerned right here,” Hardwick mentioned. “Once more we’re going to let our present investigations division do their due diligence and take their time to get this case proper.”
The Sheriff’s Workplace introduced Fucci’s arrest a bit of greater than 24 hours after Bailey was reported lacking.
Police mentioned investigators zeroed in on Fucci after the lady’s physique was present in a wooded space.
“Primarily based on the invention of the physique and admissions throughout questioning, we refocused our investigative efforts,” the Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned.
Since then, investigators spent hours looking out Fucci’s residence.
The Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned they discovered a number of items of proof on the home after acquiring search warrants. They’re additionally wanting into any potential proof on social media.
The sheriff confirms the 2 youngsters went to the identical faculty, Patriot Oaks Academy.
Bailey’s physique was present in a wooded space about 6 p.m. Sunday by a neighbor who was out for a stroll, about eight hours after the lady’s household referred to as 911 to report her lacking, the sheriff mentioned.
In a large exhibiting of help for Bailey’s household, members of the neighborhood gathered in St. Johns County for a big vigil Monday evening to recollect the 13-year-old.
Holding candles, individuals stood collectively on the South Durbin Crossing Amenity Middle to pay their respects. Many wore the colour aqua, Bailey’s favourite coloration.
The Bartram Bears additionally gathered for a candlelight vigil and prayer in remembrance of Bailey at 8 p.m. at Rivertown Fields.
Bailey was an athlete on two totally different cheer squads.
On Monday evening, she was additionally remembered throughout a prayer circle at Infinity Allstars, a gymnastics heart the place she practiced.
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