Tristyn Bailey murder: What Aiden Fucci said about their last moments together
The boy accused of fatally stabbing 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey spoke about killing people and on more than one occasion sneaked up behind his girlfriend with a knife and mimed cutting her throat, his friends told sheriff’s investigators.
Documents released July 14 by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office give new details of the investigation of the Florida girl’s May 9 killing. Her body, stabbed 114 times, was found near a pond in her neighborhood eight hours after her parents reported her missing from their home in the Durbin Crossing subdivision, south of Jacksonville.
Aiden Fucci, a 14-year-old schoolmate of the girl’s, has been charged as an adult with the murder.
Among the topics in the case file:
Aiden’s girlfriend’s statement. An eighth-grader who was in a dating relationship with Aiden told police that the boy talked “frequently” about killing people. He always carried a knife when he was not in school, and had more than once pretended to stab her or had come up behind her and put the knife to her throat, she said.
The month before Tristyn Bailey killing, the girl said, Aiden had talked at length about murdering someone: “He would find a random person ‘walking at night, drag them into the woods, and stab them,’” the sheriff’s report describes her account.
Aiden’s knives. The girlfriend and another of Aiden’s close friends both spoke of the knives he had named “Picker” and “Poker.” He had left Picker at the girlfriend’s house. A knife matching the description of Poker — a folding Buck knife — was recovered by a diver in the pond near where Tristyn’s body was found.
When Aiden was interviewed by sheriff’s deputies during the search for Tristyn, he was patted down and discovered to be carrying another knife. The search of his home turned up eight pocket knives, a handmade “shank” and a sheath for a folding Buck knife.
Described as ‘numb kid.’ A friend of Tristyn’s who was interviewed by investigators told them she didn’t like Aiden and described him as a “textbook definition of what you would call a numb kid. He has no feelings towards anyone, no feelings towards himself.” She went on to say he “is the type of person you would see as a murderer. He just doesn’t care.”
Aiden’s account of his last moments with Tristyn. The boy gave differing accounts of his actions between 1:10 a.m. on May 9, when he and Tristyn Bailey left a friend’s house, and 3:30 a.m., when he returned to his home. He initially told investigators they had walked a short way together and then parted, each going home.
When he was questioned why it took him more than two hours to walk 1½ miles, he changed his story: He said that during the walk, Tristyn had grabbed his penis and he responded by shoving her. She fell and hit her head, he said, and he walked away. He said he did not know if she got up, and that he walked around a while by himself after the incident.
Aiden’s conversation with his parents. After the discovery of the body, the boy’s parents spoke with him in an interview room at the sheriff’s station. Upon being told by his mother that Tristyn was dead, he responded, “How is it my problem?” She told him he was the last person to be seen with the girl.
His parents questioned him about his actions the previous night and asked him several times about what DNA or physical evidence might be turned up. Both advised him to “find his story and stick to it,” the sheriff’s documents say.
It had been earlier reported that, after he was taken for questioning by deputies, Aiden’s mother had hand-washed a pair of her son’s jeans. During their conversation recorded in the interview room, he told her he had been wearing the jeans the night before. She asked him if there was anything on them and clarified, in a whisper, “Blood.” She then suggested to him that he had been wearing khakis rather than the jeans, and added, “Right?” He agreed with her.
The timeline. The report gives these times for the last hours of Tristyn’s life, with locations keyed to the map below.
- 11:45 p.m. Saturday, May 8: The Bailey family returns to their home after an evening out (1).
- 12:25 a.m. Sunday, May 9: Tristyn’s phone logs a call from Aiden.
- 12:30 a.m.: Tristyn and Aiden show up at the house of a friend known as Tre (2).
- 1:10 a.m.: Tristyn and Aiden leave Tre’s house together.
- 1:24 a.m.: Two people who match their description are seen on video from a neighborhood community center (3).
- 1:45 a.m.: Two people who match their description are seen on home surveillance video on Saddlestone Court (4), walking toward the end of the cul-de-sac.
- 3:27 a.m.: On the same video from Saddlestone Court, one of the two people is seen running in the opposite direction, carrying what appears to be a pair of shoes.
- Around 3:30 a.m.: Aiden returns to the home where he lives with his mother and stepfather (5).
- 9:40 a.m.: Tristyn’s sister goes to get her for Mother’s Day breakfast and finds she is not in her bedroom. About 20 minutes later, her mother calls 911 to report her missing.
- Around 6 p.m.: Tristyn’s body is found by a man who was searching property near Saddlestone Court in response to a community alert about the girl’s disappearance (6).
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