A 14-year-old Florida boy charged with the murder of a 13-year-old cheerleader, Tristyn Bailey, was ordered held behind bars Tuesday morning — as his eyes welled up with tears during his first court appearance.
Aiden Fucci appeared emotional during his Zoom hearing before Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger, who ruled that the teen will remain in juvenile custody for the next 21 days in the murder case, news station WJXT reported.
“I do find that there is probable cause to believe that the offense occurred,” Orfinger told the court.
Fucci was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Bailey, a seventh-grade classmate whose body was found in a wooded area of St. Johns.
Bailey was reported missing around 10 a.m. Sunday after she was last seen around 1:15 a.m. that morning at a community center, officials said.
Dozens of officers, neighbors, family and friends spent much of Mother’s Day searching for the missing girl.
Around 6 p.m. Sunday, a man found her body in a remote area near a pond and called 911, authorities said.
Sheriff Robert Hardwick said Bailey had been fully clothed when she was found, but no further details about the circumstances surrounding her death have been released.
“Let us do our jobs. Let the medical examiners do their job. And let’s let the attorney’s office prosecute this case,” Hardwick told reporters.
Fucci reportedly posted a disturbing Snapchat following his arrest in which he could be seen giving the peace sign in the back of a patrol car.
“Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately,” read a caption on the social media post.
It’s unclear whether Fucci and Bailey had a relationship.
Hardwick said they had attended the same school and grew up in a “close-knit” community.
“This community helped solve the case, this community,” Hardwick said, the St. Augustine Record reported.
“This community went to work. … We saw moms and families out walking the woodline in clothes like church clothes yesterday.”