Teen accused of stabbing girl 114 times claims ‘demons’ want to take his soul

Aiden Fucci, 13, of Jacksonville, Florida. [Image credit: St. John's County Sheriff's Office]

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Jacksonville, Florida: A pre-trial hearing was scheduled to take place earlier today for 14-year-old Aiden Fucci who has been accused of stabbing 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey 114 times. He has been charged as an adult in the case, but the death penalty is not under consideration.

 

During the brief hearing, Fucci was observed by Anne Schindler, an executive producer for WTLV/WJXX news, "seeming distracted and somewhat distraught."

 

While rocking back and forth, Fucci is seen to be gazing around the room, including at the ceiling, asking "Why am I here?" At another time in the feed he is heard to say, "Please don't let the demons take my soul. The demons are going to take my soul away." Schindler quoted him as saying at one point, "I won't let you demons take my soul."

 

A short time later, the feed from the cell in which Fucci was sitting dropped unexpectedly. Asa  result, citing technical difficulties, the hearing was rescheduled for October 28 at 9:00 am.

 

News 4Jax spoke with a forensic psychologist not associated with the case. After viewing the footage of Fucci's brief appearance, Dr. Justin D'Arienzo allegedly stated that he would not be surprised if the defense called for a competency evaluation.

 

"He definitely looked disoriented and confused. It's hard to tell if he's feigning mental illness or if something is really happening to him. From my perspective, it seemed genuine, given the pattern of behavior today and from what else we know."

 

News 4Jax also stated, citing court records, that Fucci had a notebook with "satanic drawings" and that his girlfriend had told investigators that Fucci would hear voices instructing him to kill people.

 

The prosecution in the case previously released information concerning statements that Fucci had allegedly made to friends concerning an intent to kill.

A separate hearing for his mother, Crystal Smith, was scheduled for Wednesday as well. Her hearing was also rescheduled for October 28. She is accused of tampering with evidence.

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