Mother of teen suspect accused of killing 13-year-old girl by stabbing her 114 times charged with evidence tampering

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ST JOHN’S COUNTY, FL– The mother of a teenager in Florida who is accused of murdering a 13-year-old cheerleader, has now been arrested for evidence tampering, according to authorizes. 

According to reports, the boy stabbed the teen around 114 times, and his mother has now surrendered herself to police on Saturday, June 5th on charges of evidence tampering.  

NBC News reported that the 14-year-old boy, identified as Aiden Fucci, entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday, June 3rd, for the charge of first-degree murder of Tristyn Bailey.

Law Enforcement Today recently reported that 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey was found dead on May 9th in a wooded area of St. Johns, a suburb of Jacksonville.

Authorities said Bailey suffered 114 stab wounds, 49 of which appeared to have been defensive wounds to Bailey’s hands, arms and head as she tried to fight off her attacker.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday morning, June 5th, Crystal Smith, Fucci’s mother, was arrested in St. John’s County, and released on $25,000 bail.

NBC News reported that a surveillance camera inside the home of 35-year-old Smith showed her washing a pair of her son’s jeans that later tested positive for blood, according to an arrest warrant. Traces of blood were also found in a sink drain, the warrant said. Evidence tampering is a third-degree felony in Florida.

On May 27th, 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza confirmed that Fucci will be tried as an adult for the murder of Bailey:

“It brings me no pleasure to be charging a 14-year-old as an adult with first-degree murder. But I can tell you also the executive team and I reviewed all the facts, all the circumstances, the applicable law and it was not a difficult decision to make, that he should be charged as an adult. It’s a sad decision and a sad state of affairs.”

The suspect posted to photo to Snapchat the day before his arrest flashing a peace sign in the back of a police car with the caption, “Hey guys has inybody seen Tristyn lately.” He took the selfie when he was only considered a witness and Bailey was still missing.

Fucci had allegedly told his friends that he sought to kill someone, in a very similar fashion as Bailey was killed, without noting who he intended to murder.

Authorities say that fatal stabbing of the young girl was so brutal that the tip of the knife had broken off in the young girl’s head.

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Here is the original story Law Enforcement Today brought you on the murder of Tristyn Bailey.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The 14-year-old suspect charged with the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old girl is reportedly going to be tried as an adult, according to reports. The teen suspect is facing life in prison after authorities say he stabbed the victim 114 times.

On May 9th, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office reportedly discovered the body of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, a young cheerleader at Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, at approximately 6:00 p.m. in a wooded area within the Jacksonville suburb.

During the course of the investigation, authorities uncovered surveillance footage from approximately 1:15 a.m. on May 9th where Bailey can be seen walking in a residential area. The same surveillance footage also showcased the suspect, 14-year-old Aiden Fucci.

Fucci was initially treated as a witness while Bailey was first considered missing, which Fucci reportedly took a selfie from the back of a police vehicle while being brought in for questioning prior to the young girl’s body being discovered.

In the selfie, Fucci is making a peace sign and captioned the selfie with:

“Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately.”

Authorities later announced the arrest of Fucci on May 10th, noting that both he and the victim attended school together.

An arrest report noted that “several items of evidentiary value were located within the defendant’s bedroom which were consistent with clothing observed in the aforementioned video surveillance.” Among those pieces of evidence were “items” that “yielded a presumptive positive test result for the presence of blood.”

On May 27th, 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza confirmed that Fucci will be tried as an adult for the murder of Bailey:

“It brings me no pleasure to be charging a 14-year-old as an adult with first-degree murder. But I can tell you also the executive team and I reviewed all the facts, all the circumstances, the applicable law and it was not a difficult decision to make, that he should be charged as an adult. It’s a sad decision and a sad state of affairs.”

Larizza stated that the term “horrific” was an “understatement” to describe what Bailey endured when she was killed:

“To say that it was horrific could arguably be made as an understatement… Bottom line, premeditation can be inferred certainly from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer.”

Officials say that Bailey was stabbed 114 times, which 49 of those stab wounds appeared to be “defensive wounds” along the victim’s arms, hands and head while she tried to ward off her attacker.

Larizza explained that every time the suspect brought the edged weapon down, it was another sign of “premeditation”:

“Every time that arm went back and every time that arm went down, that was premeditation.”

Larizza also noted that Fucci had allegedly told his friends that he sought to kill someone, in a very similar fashion as Bailey was killed, without noting who he intended to murder:

“He didn’t say who that was, but he indicated to witnesses that he was going to kill someone by taking them in the woods and stabbing them, which are certainly the facts of this case.”

Authorities say that fatal stabbing of the young girl was so brutal that the tip of the knife had broken off in the young girl’s head.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office commander Howard “Skip” Cole noted the unsettling nature of the details of this murder, while voicing support of Fucci being tried as an adult:

“It’s difficult to hear all that… We fully support the grand jury indictment.”

Since Fucci is under the age of 18, he cannot be subject to the death penalty if convicted. However, Fucci does face life in prison for the offense.

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