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Suspect in Tristyn Bailey’s death bragged about wanting to kill

A 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a Florida cheerleader 114 times had allegedly bragged to friends about wanting to drag a random person into the woods and kill them.

Aiden Fucci was charged with first-degree after the body of his 13-year-old classmate, Tristyn Bailey, was found dumped near his home in St Johns, Florida on Mother’s Day. 

New details and evidence emerged late Wednesday after prosecutors released a trove of documents related to the case, including how he allegedly responded ‘how is that my problem?’ after being told Bailey’s body had been found.

Among the documents was police interviews with Fucci’s friends and family and the Medical Examiner’s findings, which revealed Bailey had suffered 35 stab wounds to her head and neck. 

Tristyn Bailey

Aiden Fucci was charged with first-degree after the body of his 13-year-old classmate, Tristyn Bailey, was found dumped near his home in St Johns, Florida on Mother’s Day

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, she had suffered 49 defensive stab wounds to her arms. 

Her autopsy found no evidence of sexual assault. 

Bailey had the words ‘karma’ written on her left ankle and a smiley face drawn on her right ankle, the report showed. It is not clear, however, whether she drew those herself.    

One of Fucci’s female friends, who is a classmate at Patriot Oaks Academy where Bailey also attended, told police that the accused murderer had frequently talked about killing people, according to a St Johns County Sheriff’s Office report. 

The friend said that within a month of Bailey being killed, Fucci had said he wanted to murder someone by dragging them into the woods and stabbing them.

She also said Fucci would ‘take his knife out and pretend to stab her with it’ and that he would ‘draw graphic pictured depicting mutilated bodies’. 

The friend also told detectives that Fucci often heard voices when he was angry that would tell him to kill people, according to the report. 

When detectives searched Fucci’s home, they uncovered a notebook that was filled with ‘violent’ drawings of women, including one that showed a female with red Xs on her breasts and severed arms with blood pouring out. 

Fucci posted this Snapchat selfie from the back of a police car after he was taken in for questioning on May 10 - a day after Bailey's body was found dumped in a wooded area near his home with 114 stab wounds

Fucci posted this Snapchat selfie from the back of a police car after he was taken in for questioning on May 10 – a day after Bailey’s body was found dumped in a wooded area near his home with 114 stab wounds

New details and evidence emerged late Wednesday after prosecutors released a trove of documents related to the case, including how Fucci (above during an initial court hearing) allegedly responded 'how is that my problem?' after being told Bailey's body had been found

New details and evidence emerged late Wednesday after prosecutors released a trove of documents related to the case, including how Fucci (above during an initial court hearing) allegedly responded ‘how is that my problem?’ after being told Bailey’s body had been found

Also included in the trove of documents was an incident report regarding the moment his mother told him in a police interview room that Bailey’s body had been found. 

According to the report, Fucci replied: ‘How is that my problem?’ 

Fucci's mother, Crystal Smith, has been charged with evidence tampering after she allegedly retrieved her son's blood-stained jeans from his bedroom and washed them following his arrest

Fucci’s mother, Crystal Smith, has been charged with evidence tampering after she allegedly retrieved her son’s blood-stained jeans from his bedroom and washed them following his arrest

Fucci’s mother, Crystal Smith, has been charged with evidence tampering after she allegedly retrieved her son’s blood-stained jeans from his bedroom and washed them following his arrest. 

When police searched Fucci’s home, they allegedly found a Buck knife sheath in his room, as well as shoes and a shirt with blood on them. 

A Buck knife that was found discarded in a pond near where Bailey’s body was found was consistent with the stab wounds the teenager suffered, according to police. 

An examination of the jeans that Fucci’s mother allegedly washed came back with traces of blood that were also found in a drain in the family’s home. 

Fucci was initially arrested on a second-degree murder charge and held in a juvenile justice center the day after Bailey’s body was found.

Authorities said his DNA was found all over Bailey’s body. 

Prosecutors later upgraded it to first-degree murder and Fucci will now face trial as an adult. 

Bailey had suffered 35 stab wounds to her head and neck and 49 defensive stab wounds to her arms

Her autopsy found no evidence of sexual assault

Bailey had suffered 35 stab wounds to her head and neck and 49 defensive stab wounds to her arms. Her autopsy found no evidence of sexual assault

During a news conference announcing the charge, State Attorney R.J. Larizza said that charging Fucci as an adult was the only choice his office could make. 

‘Every time that arm went back and every time that arm went down, that was premeditation,’ Larizza said. 

He indicated at the time that his office will seek life in prison without parole. 

Bailey’s body was found by a local resident who was out for a walk in the wooded area just hours after she had been reported missing by her family.

Surveillance camera footage is said to have shown Bailey and Fucci walking towards the spot where her body was dumped the night she disappeared. 

Fucci allegedly walked back alone afterwards. 

After he was was taken in for questioning, Fucci posted a selfie on Snapchat from the back of a police car with the caption: ‘Anyone seen Tristyn?’

The photo sparked outrage and the St John’s County Sheriff’s Office later had to explain that Fucci had been taken in for questioning as a person of interest, which meant he was not handcuffed or had his phone taken off him. 

Larizza said during the press conference that the Snapchat post indicated how Fucci had no remorse for his actions. 

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