Startling evidence Aiden Fucci’s team is trying to keep secret in court, from mysterious drawings to ‘multiple knives’ found by cops
Multiple verdicts have been reached at a hearing in the case of a teenager accused of killing his 13-year-old schoolmate in 2021.
Aiden Fucci’s legal team plans to withhold certain pieces of evidence from the jury, according to court filings.
Evidence includes mysterious drawings and “multiple knives” collected by police officers.
His team also filed a motion requesting a 12-person jury for the trial, while the Florida Attorney’s Office requested a six-person jury.
Judge Lee Smith sided with the state during Friday’s hearing, allowing a six-person jury for the trial.
Fucci is accused of murdering Tristyn Bailey when she was 15.
Fucci’s age at the time makes him ineligible for the death penalty, but he could face life imprisonment – which is why the judge said a six-person jury was acceptable.
Also included in the hearing were motions about what should and should not be shown to the jury.
Fucci’s legal team argued that certain pieces of evidence were irrelevant to the crime and unfairly swayed the jury’s opinion.
His attorney, Rosemarie Peoples, said she only wanted the jury to see autopsy photos showing mortal wounds, arguing they were relevant to the first-degree murder charge against Fucci.
However, 108 of the 114 wounds Bailey received were deemed nonfatal individually by the coroner, but fatal if received collectively.
Judge Smith ruled that the photos would be shown to the jury.
Fucci’s attorneys also asked the judge to prevent satanic drawings found in the teen’s room from being shown to the jury as well.
Detectives said they found the drawings in Fucci’s bedroom during their investigation, along with several knives that were taken as evidence.
The defense argued that Fucci did not make the drawings and said they were given to him by another child.
The state agreed not to use the drawings at the trial, and the judge ruled that the knife collection found in the home was not relevant to the case.
Photos of two knives said to be with Fucci’s body – including a knife found in a nearby pond – were permitted.
Fucci’s attorney also requested the suppression of all cellphone evidence.
According to court documents, six cellphones were seized during the investigation, and Fucci’s attorney argued that the court should not allow “text messages, images, photos, music, videos and song lyrics” because the items were unreasonably detrimental and would be used by the state with which primary purpose, to ignite the passions of the jury.”
The motion continued, “Alternatively, the Defendant is seeking an injunction to have the State of Florida identify exactly what from each cell phone it intends to bring into evidence.”
The judge made no ruling on the application, giving the state the opportunity to narrow down and choose exactly what to use as evidence from the cellphone materials.
Eventually, Fucci’s legal team attempted to interview three people, including two teenagers, but all three refused to answer.
Peoples asked the judge to order them to cooperate, which the judge did for the adult but deferred charging the two teenagers until the trial required it.
Fucci, now 16, has been charged in the death of Tristyn Bailey after her remains were found in the Florida woods in May 2021.
Both teenagers attended Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns County.
Surveillance footage showed the two teenagers walking in the neighborhood, but only Fucci was seen returning home.
Shocking reports at the time revealed that the word “Karma” had been written on Tristyn’s ankle.
The word was written in blue ink on her left knuckle, while a smiley face was drawn on the inside of her right knuckle.
A year after Tristyn’s death, her family said she wanted to celebrate her continued inspiration.
The teenager is survived by her parents and four siblings.
They said: “As a family, we remain devastated and overcome with grief at the loss of Tristyn.
“Over time, we learn to deal with carrying this loss on.
“We draw our greatest strength from our love for Tristyn and seek to honor her memory in harmony with her spirit.”
Fucci is being tried as an adult despite his age and was in the Duval County Jail until his trial.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on February 6, but the date of the next pre-trial hearing is not known at this time.
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