Police in St Johns, Florida, Tuesday released surveillance videos showing mother of boy accused of murdering cheerleader and classmate ‘washing blood off his jeans hours after the killing’
Other emerging clips show the suspect reveling in his deeds, laughing and joking with a pal, seating in the back of a police cruiser
Prosecutors in Florida released video evidence in murder case against Aiden Fucci who is accused of brutally killing his classmate in May
Fucci, 14, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder – He is accused of stabbing his 13-year-old classmate, Tristyn Bailey, 114 times
Among the videos is footage from inside Fucci’s home purportedly showing his mother, Crystal Smith, washing blood off of his jeans on the night
Police said the Jeans and drain in Fucci’s home later tested positive for blood
Crystal Smith was charged with evidence tampering and released on $25,000 bond, Fucci is held without bail
In Snapchat videos, Fucci is seen laughing and grinning in the back of a patrol car with a friend during the search for Bailey
Those among the several videos release by Florida prosecutors on Tuesday include two from May 9, 2020 – the last time Bailey was seen alive
One video allegedly shows Fucci and Bailey walking towards wooded area on the day of her murder, another shows Fucci running back alone
Autopsy showed Bailey had been stabbed 114 times
The mother of a 14 year-old Florida boy accused of brutally murdering his 13 year-old cheerleader classmate was filmed washing blood of her son’s jeans hours after the killing, investigators revealed.
Newly-released footage is said to show the suspect’s mom Crystal Smith scrubbing her son Aiden Fucci’s jeans hours after Fucci allegedly murdered Tristyn Bailey by stabbing her 114 times.
The clip was among a trove of video evidence made public by Florida State Attorney’s Office on Tuesday in Bailey’s murder case, where the teen suspect has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder.
The cache of recordings also included three Snapshot videos that show Fucci and a friend laughing in the back of a police cruiser while Bailey, 13, was missing.
Crystal Smith caught on surveillance camera washing her son Aiden Fucci’ bloody jeans
Another clip shows the last moments Bailey was seen alive, she was in the company of Fucci.
‘We’re having fun, in a f***ing cop car,’ a smiling Fucci says into the camera. He then addresses Bailey directly, saying: ‘Tristyn if you f***ing walk out the damn…’
His friend adds that Tristyn would ‘see this in a month.’
Prosecutors say Fucci made the comments despite knowing full-well Bailey was already dead – because he had killed her.
In another Snapchat clip, Fucci is seen, alone in the backseat of the patrol vehicle. He says: ‘Guess who’s in a f***ing cop car… tripping, dude.’
Tristyn Bailey’s body was found on May 9, 2021 in the woods near Fucci’s home in St Johns, Florida. She had 114 stab wounds – 35 wounds to her head and neck, along with 49 defensive wounds to her arms.
Gloating, Aiden Fucci records himself in the back of a police car after his arrest
Police obtained surveillance footage from inside Fucci’s home purportedly showing Smith going upstairs and picking up her son’s blue jeans, before allegedly scrubbing blood off of them.
Those jeans – as well as the drain in Smith’s home, later tested positive for blood, It is unclear if that blood matched Bailey’s. Smith is charged with evidence tampering.
That was among the videos that Florida prosecutors released on Tuesday was surveillance footage from May 9, 2020; the last time Bailey was seen alive.
In the video, Fucci is allegedly walking with Bailey the night of her murder toward a wooded area in their neighborhood in St Johns after midnight on the night of the murder.
Less than two hours later – just before 2am – the surveillance same camera caught what is alleged to be Fucci running in the opposite direction, prosecutors said.
According to court documents that were released last month, one of Fucci’s friends and classmate at Patriot Oaks Academy, where Bailey also attended, told police that Fucci frequently talked about killing people.
The friend said that within a month of Bailey being killed, Fucci said he wanted to murder someone by dragging them into the woods and stabbing them.
She also said Fucci would ‘take his knife out and pretend to stab her with it’ and that he would ‘draw graphic pictures depicting mutilated bodies’.
The friend also told detectives that Fucci often heard voices when he was angry that would tell him to kill people, according to the report.
Prosecutors in Florida on Tuesday released video evidence in the murder case against Aiden Fucci, 14, who is believed to be seen walking with victim Tristyn Bailey.
A neighbor’s camera captured what police said was the last time Bailey was seen alive on the morning of May 9, walking with Fucci towards a wooded area in St Johns, Florida.
Less than two hours later, a person said to be Fucci was seen running alone in the opposite direction Fucci comes home at almost 4am with sneakers in hand
When detectives searched Fucci’s home, they uncovered a notebook filled with ‘violent’ drawings of women, including one that showed a female with red Xs on her breasts and severed arms with blood pouring out.
Also included in the court documents was an incident report regarding the moment his mother told him in a police interview room that Bailey’s body had been found.
According to the report, Fucci replied: ‘How is that my problem?’
When police searched Fucci’s home, they allegedly found a Buck knife sheath in his room, as well as shoes and a shirt with blood on them.
A knife recovered from a pond in the area where Bailey’s body was found was consistent with her stab wounds, the police report states.
Fucci initially was arrested on a second-degree murder charge and held in a juvenile justice center the day after Bailey’s body was found. Authorities said his DNA was found on Bailey’s body.
Prosecutors later upgraded the charge to first-degree murder. He has pled not guilty to murder and remains jailed without bail.
His mother Crystal Smith was released after posting $25,000 bond.
Mother and son are due back in court for pre-trial hearings on September 1.