Aiden Fucci, the 14-year-old Florida teenager charged with the murder of 13-year-old classmate Tristyn Bailey, claimed fighting demons in a bizarre video from prison.
Fucci appeared confused and disoriented in a video feed from the Duval County Jail during a court appearance on Wednesday.
In the video obtained from News4Jax, the teen sits alone in a room before picking up the phone while aimlessly looking around and rocking back and forth.
“I will not let demons take my soul from you,” one hears Fucci murmur at some point. “Please don’t let the demons take my soul. The demons will take my soul from me, ”he adds.
New evidence released in the murder of Aiden Fucci provides more gruesome details about the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. Fucci, 14, is accused of stabbing Bailey more than 100 times on Mother’s Day.
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Elsewhere on the live feed, he didn’t seem sure where he was and asked, “What’s wrong? Why am I here? I just want to speak to my mom and dad. What’s wrong? What is.” Come on?”
As he continues rocking back and forth in his chair, Fucci twirls his hair back and mumbles, “I know you demons killed my soul.”
The 14-year-old’s attorney reportedly filed a swift procedural waiver and the case passed on October 28.
Dr. Justin D’Arienzo, a forensic psychologist unrelated to the case, said he believed Fucci could get a mental literacy rating. A judge has not ruled that Fucci is doing a mental competence assessment, and investigators have not said he has a mental disorder.
“He definitely looked disoriented and confused. It’s hard to tell if he’s faking a mental illness or if something is really happening to him,” D’Arienzo told the point of sale. “From my point of view, it seemed real, given the behavior patterns of today and what else we know.”
Fucci is accused of stabbing Bailey more than 100 times on Mother’s Day earlier this year.
Bailey was stabbed 114 times with at least 35 of the wounds on the head and neck, and 49 of the markings confirmed to be defensive wounds on the upper extremities, according to the coroner’s report.
Her body was found in a wooded area in St. Johns, Florida on May 9, after being reported missing the same day.
The word “KARMA” was found handwritten in blue ink on her left ankle, a coroner found. A smiley face was also drawn on her right ankle. The report did not state who put the writing on her body, but there were “smeared handprints of dried blood” on her thighs and calves.
Fucci was arrested the next day and charged with second degree murder. Prosecutors have since upgraded the charges to first degree premeditated murder based on evidence suggesting premeditation.
Upon learning of Bailey’s death, the teenager reportedly replied, “How’s that my problem?
Fucci and his parents were believed to have been in a room in the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office when his mother announced that Bailey was dead and her body had been found.
During the police interrogation, Fucci said he kissed Bailey, but when she responded by grabbing him, he pushed her. She hit her head in the fall, he said, and told her to “go out” and, according to police interrogation protocols, went away.
Fucci is being tried as an adult and has been detained without commitment. The teenager pleaded not guilty to Bailey’s June 3 murder.
His mother, Crystal Smith, was also charged with evidence manipulation, a third degree crime. She also pleaded not guilty.
A surveillance video released last month allegedly shows the blacksmith in the bathroom upstairs in her family home scrubbing a pair of jeans. Prosecutors said it was the same pair of pants that tested positive for blood earlier this year.
Prosecutors also posted Snapchat videos of Fucci and a friend in the back of a police car after Bailey went missing.
“They got us in a damn cop car … tripping guy,” Fucci tells the camera.
“We’re having fun in a damn police car,” one hears Fucci say in another. “Tristyn, if you fucking go out …”
At the time of Bailey’s disappearance, Fucci posted a selfie from the back seat of a police car with the message, “Hey guys, has anyone seen Tristyn lately.”
Florida 7th district attorney RJ Larizza said Fucci had told friends that the killing “was imminent” before Bailey died.
“I don’t enjoy indicting a 14-year-old adult on first degree murder, but I can tell you that the leadership team and I have verified all facts, circumstances, applicable law, and so on.” It was not a difficult decision to indict him as an adult, “Larizza said during a press conference on the case in May.
“I hope parents will learn something from the gruesome and brutal murder, and that means you need to know what your children are doing and what they are saying because although we may not be able to prevent these brutal and gruesome murders, at least we should try, “he added.
Fucci is currently on remand in Duval County Jail awaiting trial.
Aiden Fucci, 14, was charged with the murder of his 13-year-old classmate as an adult and was heard at a recent court hearing with bizarre statements about demons.