(ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FLA) — A Florida teenager accused of brutally stabbing his schoolmate 114 times last year was denied a transfer from solitary confinement.
Aidan Fucci, 16, is being tried as an adult on first-degree murder charges for the death of cheerleader Tristyn Bailey, 13.
A St. Johns County judge denied several motions on Tuesday filed by Fucci’s defense team to transfer the juvenile out of solitary confinement at the Duval County Jail, according to WJXT.
On Mother’s Day 2021, Bailey’s family reported her missing to authorities. Her body was found brutally stabbed just hours later about a half-mile from Fucci’s home in the neighborhood Durbin Crossing, where the two teenagers lived.
Surveillance footage captured Bailey and presumably Fucci, who both attended Patriot Oaks Academy, walking around the neighborhood at around 1:45 a.m.
Hours later after the alleged murder, the footage shows Fucci running back frantically down the pathway by himself. He was arrested the next day.
According to the motion filed by Fucci’s defense team Nov. 18, the defendant was “in a form of solitary confinement for over 400 days,” held alone in a cell for 24 hours a day, and “denied access to any form of group recreation either indoor or outdoor; he is denied access to group education, he is not allowed to eat meals out of his cell; he is not permitted to participate in congregate religious services or jail programs.”
Fucci is being held in the Duval County jail, as St. Johns County jail does not have accommodations for juveniles.