THE 14-year-old boy suspected of brutally murdering 13-year-old cheerleader Tristyn Bailey will be tried as an adult, it was revealed on Thursday.
The decision to charge Aiden 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.
“The adult system is where this case belongs,” Florida State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a press conference.
The 14-year-old is the only suspect in the murder of his classmate.
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 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.”
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.
Fucci could appear in court again as early as Friday.
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