AIDEN Fucci has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.
Here we outline when a verdict may be reached on Fucci and whether he will be tried as an adult?
When will a verdict be reached on Aiden Fucci?
So far it is unclear when a verdict will be reached on Aiden Fucci.
He first appeared in court on May 11, 2021 after being arrested and charged with murder in 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey’s death.
The 14-year-old suspect’s parents, Crystal Smith and Jason Fucci, all appeared in a Zoom hearing as part of a virtual hearing.
The judge ruled that Fucci will be detained at a juvenile detention center, until May 31, 2021
“I do find that there is probable cause to believe the offense occurred and at this time I am going to order that Mr Fucci be detained by the department of juvenile justice in secure detention for 21 days or until further order of the court,” Judge Richard Orfinger said.
Fucci appeared to show little remorse during throughout most of the hearing, with reports that he even rolling his eyes at one stage.
However, the teen appeared to be fighting back tears when the order was read out.
Following the hearing St Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick told Action News that there was a still ‘long way to go’ in the case.
“This case does not end with the unfortunate death of Tristyn and it doesn’t end with the arrest of our suspect,” the sheriff said.
“It ends when we get everything together and everything is exhausted. We have a long way to go.”
He also told the station that there could be additional “forthcoming arrests” in the case.
Will Fucci be sentenced as an adult?
Prosecutors have the option of charging the young teen as an adult, and a decision is expected within a few weeks.
“The state attorney does have the discretion to refer a 14 or 15-year-old for a direct file to be tried as an adult under murder charges,” lawyer Curtis Fallgatter, who is not involved in the case, told First Coast News.
The lawyer added that the second-degree murder charge is the most severe he can face at the moment.
“Those particular crimes that carry serious penalties, life in prison, for example, death penalty, capital type cases, have to be returned by a grand jury,” he told the news outlet.
The lawyer emphasized: “If juvenile sanctions are imposed, that would yield a much more lenient sentence than adult sanctions.”
Over the past week, a Change.org petition to try Aiden as an adult has racked up over 700,000 signatures as of May 19.
“He showed new remorse for what he did,” the petition reads. “Tristyn deserves to have justice.”
“That kid is mentally sick and knew the actions he was taking there is absolutely no reason he shouldn’t be tried as an adult!” one signee commented.
If tried as an adult, Aiden could receive a sentence of life in prison.
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