The body of Tristyn Bailey, 13, a seventh-grader at Patriot Oaks Academy in Saint Johns, was discovered Sunday, May 9, 2021, hours after her family was reported her missing. She was stabbed 114 times.
Aiden Fucci, who was 14 at the time of her death, has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Tristyn. His trial is expected to begin in November.
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What happened to Tristyn Bailey?: Records detail the night she was killed
Following is a timeline of events in the case:
Saturday, May 8, 2021
11:45 p.m.: Bailey family returns home after an evening out for a celebration.
Around midnight: Tristyn Bailey last seen by a sibling and was supposed to be sleeping in her bedroom.
Sunday, May 9
12:30 a.m.: Video shows Tristyn walking in the neighborhood.
1:14 a.m.: Two people, believed to be Tristyn Bailey and Aiden Fucci, were seen walking together.
1:45 a.m.: Video evidence from a home shows Tristyn and Aiden walking east on Saddlestone Drive.
3:30 a.m.: Video from the same home shows a person believed to be Aiden heading in opposite direction alone, carrying white Nike shoes. Moments, later, video shows Aiden entering his home carrying white Nike shoes.
10 a.m.: Tristyn’s mother calls 911 to report the teen missing and neighbors begin to search the area. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement joins search.
4:49 p.m.: Florida Missing Child Alert issued for Tristyn.
6:06 p.m.: A resident who had been on a run called to report a dead body in the woods east of the cul-de-sac on Saddlestone Drive. After identifying the body as Tristyn’s, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office calls off the search.
8 p.m.: Sheriff’s office announces body found and preliminarily identified as Tristyn Bailey.
8:49 p.m.: Aiden and his parents are placed in a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office interview room.
Monday, May 10
12:44 a.m.: Investigators search Fucci home, finding a Buck brand knife sheath; a pair of wet, white Nike shoes with blood on them; a T-shirt with blood on it; a white piece of paper with handwriting with possible blood on it; and a pair of wet blue denim jeans in a laundry basket. They also find blood and dirt on the drain in the bathroom sink next to Aiden’s bedroom.
3:30 a.m.: Aiden arrested on charge of second-degree murder.
11:30 a.m.: Sheriff’s office confirms identity of body found as that of Tristyn Bailey and announces arrest of Aiden Fucci, a 14-year-old classmate, on charges of second-degree murder.
8:30 p.m.: Candlelight vigil honors Tristyn at the South Durbin Crossing Amenities Center.
Tuesday, May 11
8:30 a.m.: Fucci charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tristyn Bailey remanded to detention for at least 21 days in his first court appearance.
1:30 p.m.: Sheriff’s office reports that Chief Medical Examiner Predrag Bulic determined that the cause of Tristyn’s death is sharp force trauma by stabbing and that video placed the pair walking near the scene in that time frame.
Monday, May 17
Anway “Andy” Snober, hired to represent the 14-year-old suspect by his family, files to withdraw from the case; the motion is granted by the courts.
Tuesday, May 18
5 p.m.: The Bailey family holds a public memorial service for Tristyn at Celebration Church in Jacksonville.
Thursday, May 20
Judge approves indigency motions filed on behalf of the parents of the 14-year-old suspect and announces the suspect will be represented by the public defender’s office, led by St. Augustine-based attorney Joshua Mosley.
Thursday, May 27
According to St. Johns County court documents, Fucci will face a first-degree murder charge and will also be charged as an adult.
Friday, May 28
During a first court appearance hearing, Judge Henry Maltz rules that Aiden Fucci be held without bail at an adult facility in St. Johns County.
Thursday, June 3
Aiden Fucci enters a plea of not guilty on the first-degree murder charge.
Saturday, June 5
Crystal Lane Smith, the mother of 14-year-old Aiden Fucci, is arrested on a warrant charging her with tampering with evidence following the killing of Tristyn Bailey.
Wednesday, July 14
In newly released documents, one of Fucci’s friends said he talked about killing people frequently, and that weeks before Tristyn’s killing, Fucci said he planned to murder someone by dragging a random person into the woods and stabbing them.
Video evidence released in Tristyn Bailey homicide case in St. Johns County
Monday, July 26
Crystal Lane Smith pleads not guilty to a charge of tampering with evidence.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Aiden appears in court. Judge Lee Smith grants a continuance filed by Aiden’s attorney, Joshua Mosely, until Feb. 2.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022
Aiden Fucci appears in St. Johns County court for a pretrial hearing. Trial set for November.
Thursday, April 5
Aiden Fucci appears in court with a new public defender, Rosemarie Peoples, for a pretrial hearing; the judge sets a trial period of Nov. 7-18.
This article originally appeared on St. Augustine Record: Tristyn Bailey: A timeline of events leading to murder of Florida teen