A 14-year-old has been charged as an adult after he took the life of cheerleader Tristyn Bailey.
Aiden Fucci reportedly stabbed Tristyn Bailey 114 times and left the tip of his knife stuck in her scalp, prosecutors said as they charged the teen with first-degree, premeditated murder.
He was arrested on May 10, one day after the victim’s body was discovered with multiple knife wounds in St. Johns, Florida.
State’s Attorney R.J. Larizza shared distressing details at a press conference and said that it was a ‘sad’ but easy decision, considering how violent the killing was.
He also indicated that his office will seek life without parole but said Aiden will likely be able to appeal it as part of an ongoing effort to reduce sentences for juveniles in the state.
Larizza also said that the teen had told his friends that he was going to kill ‘someone in the woods’ before he attacked Tristyn.
“You’ve heard that our victim Tristyn was stabbed – to say that it was horrific could be argued to be an understatement. The medical examiner completed an autopsy on our victim and identified confidently that there 114 stab wounds.
“At least 49 of those were to the hands, arms and head and were defensive.
“Premeditation can be inferred from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer. Every time that arm went back, and every time that arm went down, that was premeditation and it happened 228 times.”
“It’s not just the fact she was stabbed 114 times – it’s also information that we were able to glean from witnesses.
“The defendant made statements 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 knife was found in the pond, very close in proximity to our victim’s body. The tip of the knife was located by the medical examiner in the scalp of our victim.”
Larizza also said that he had never dealt with such a violent crime before.
As he explained the decision to charge the teen as an adult, Larizza said: “The juvenile system is geared for kids with drug issues maybe, or who commit non violent crime.
“When you get kids that get to this level of violence, the time and accountability is not there the adult system is where this case belongs.
“It was not a difficult decision to make. It’s a sad decision and a sad state of affairs but it was clear to us after we looked at what happened that it was not only appropriate but it was really the only choice we could make.”
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