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…

  • ‘HORRIFIC’ ‘WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT’

    During Thursday’s press conference, 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 harrowingly announced that Tristyn was stabbed 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.”

  • ARE THERE ANY OTHER SUSPECTS?

    On the night of Tristyn’s death, 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.

  • GRAND JURY MET IN SECRET TO DECIDE FUCCI’S CHARGES

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

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

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

  • WHAT SENTENCE COULD FUCCI FACE FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER?

    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.

  • HOW MANY TIMES WAS TRISTYN STABBED?

    Among other grizzly details, he confirmed that Tristyn was stabbed 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”.

    Larizza also confirmed that investigators recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon: a folding buck knife, which was recovered in a pond near to Tristyn’s body.

    He said the blade was “missing a tip”, which medical examiners found lodged in Tristyn’s scalp.

  • WHY DID FUCCI’S ORIGINAL ATTORNEY WITHDRAW?

    On May 27, a judge also allowed Fucci’s original attorney to withdraw from the case.

    The move came after his father, Jason Fucci, a convicted child abuser, was granted indigency status by a judge, having initially been rejected.

    Jacksonville attorney Anwar Snober withdrew as Fucci’s counsel.

    The teen will now be represented by the public defender’s office.

  • WHAT ARE FUCCI’S CHARGES?

    Aiden Fucci has been charged as the only suspect in the murder of his classmate.

    However, it is not yet known when he will face a trial and sentencing.

    The 14-year-old’s upgraded charge of first degree murder was announced on May 27, 2021, after a grand jury met for a secret meeting earlier in the day.

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

  • WHO WAS FUCCI’S ORIGINAL ATTORNEY?

    Last week, a judge allowed Fucci’s original attorney to withdraw from the case.

    The move came after his father, Jason Fucci, a convicted child abuser, was granted indigency status by a judge, having initially been rejected.

    Jacksonville attorney Anwar Snober withdrew as Fucci’s counsel. The teen will now be represented by the public defender’s office.

    He is currently being held state-run juvenile detention facility in Volusia County without bond.

  • IF SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, FUCCI’S CASE TO BE REVIEWED AT AGE 25

    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.

    Should he be convicted and sentenced to life, Larizza said Fucci’s case would be reviewed after 25 years where a judge could either decide to reduce his sentence or release him.

  • OVER 70K PEOPLE SIGNED PETITION FOR FUCCI TO BE TRIED AS AN ADULT

    Fucci, 14, had previously been charged as a juvenile with second-degree murder in Trystin’s death.

    He was arrested on May 10 just hours after her body was found by a pond in a wooded area.

    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 have since decided to charge Fucci as an adult.

  • NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST FUCCI SUFFERS FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS

    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.

  • TRISTYN’S DNA FOUND IN FUCCI’S BEDROOM

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

    He did however disclose 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.

  • STATE ATTORNEY DID NOT REVEAL IF THE CRIME WAS SEXUALLY MOTIVATED

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

    He did however disclose that investigators found Fucci’s DNA on Tristyn’s body.

  • STATE ATTORNEY ‘DISAPPOINTED’ WITH FRIENDS FUCCI TOLD OF HIS SINISTER PLANS

    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.

    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.”

  • NO EVIDENCE THAT FUCCI SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TRISTYN

    On the night of Tristyn’s death, 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.

  • FUCCI MADE COMMENTS TO FRIENDS ABOUT WANTING TO KILL SOMEONE

    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.

    On the night of Tristyn’s death, 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.

  • 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.

  • WHEN WILL FUCCI BE SENTENCED?

    Aiden Fucci has been charged as the only suspect in the murder of his classmate.

    However, it is not yet known when he will face a trial and sentencing.

    The 14-year-old’s upgraded charge of first degree murder was announced on May 27, 2021, after a grand jury met for a secret meeting earlier in the day.

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

    Fucci has already faced a preliminary hearing, but has not yet entered a plea.

    He had previously been charged as a juvenile with second-degree murder in Trystin’s death.

  • SUSPECTED MURDER WEAPON COULD HAVE ‘MULTIPLE USES’

    Investigators recovered what they believed to be the murder weapon, a folding buck knife, in a pond near to Tristyn’s body.

    Larizza said that the blade was “missing a tip”, which medical examiners found lodged in Tristyn’s scalp.

    He added that the knife found “could have multiple uses” including hunting.

  • TRISTYN ‘FOUGHT FOR HER LIFE’

    According to Larizza’s announcement, Tristyn was stabbed 114 times, with 49 of those wounds sustained to her hands and arms.

    Larizza described those wounds as “defensive”, and said that the 13-year-old suffered them as she “fought for her life.”

    Investigators recovered what they believed to be the murder weapon, a folding buck knife, in a pond near to Tristyn’s body.

    Larizza said that the blade was “missing a tip”, which medical examiners found lodged in Tristyn’s scalp.

  • FUCCI SENT OUT A SNAPCHAT FOLLOWING HIS ARREST

    As he was taken away in the back of squad car, he allegedly shared an incriminating image of himself on Snapchat.

    The photo shows a male in the back of the police vehicle, holding up a peace sign alongside the caption: “Hey guys has inybody (sic) seen Tristyn lately”.

    The Sun confirmed that it has been probed by police as part of their investigation.

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

  • WHY DID FUCCI ALLEGEDLY KILL TRISTYN?

    On May 27, Florida attorney R.J. Larizza announced that prosecutors would be charging Fucci as an adult on first degree murder.

    He described how Fucci had told friends that he was going to kill someone within the next 30 days, leading to accusations that the act was premeditated.

    According to Larizza, the 14-year-old specifically detailed that he would “take someone into the woods and stab them.”

    On the night of Tristyn’s death, the pair were believed to have been hanging out with a few mutual friends, before they were eventually left alone together.

    However, prosecutors currently say there is no evidence to suggest that Fucci specifically targeted Tristyn beforehand.

    Larizza said: “This could just be a case of wrong place, wrong time.”

  • FUCCI’S ORIGINAL ATTORNEY WITHDREW FROM THE CASE

    Last week, a judge allowed Fucci’s original attorney to withdraw from the case.

    The move came after his father, Jason Fucci, a convicted child abuser, was granted indigency status by a judge, having initially been rejected.

    Jacksonville attorney Anwar Snober withdrew as Fucci’s counsel. The teen will now be represented by the public defender’s office.

    He is currently being held state-run juvenile detention facility in Volusia County without bond.

  • TRISTYN’S FAMILY RELEASED A STATEMENT AFTER THE COURT HEARING

    Tristyn Bailey’s family released a statement shortly after Larizza’s 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.”

  • PROSECUTORS WILL SEEK LIFE SENTENCE WITHOUT PAROLE

    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.

    Should he be convicted and sentenced to life, Larizza said Fucci’s case would be reviewed after 25 years where a judge could either decide to reduce his sentence or release him.