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Prosecutors disclose more witnesses & evidence in Aiden Fucci case

The State Attorney’s Office has disclosed more evidence it plans to present in the murder case against Aiden Fucci, the St. Johns County teen accused of killing his 13-year-old schoolmate.
The State Attorney’s Office has disclosed more evidence it plans to present in the murder case against Aiden Fucci, the St. Johns County teen accused of killing his 13-year-old schoolmate.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The State Attorney’s Office has disclosed more evidence it plans to present in the murder case against Aiden Fucci, the St. Johns County teen accused of killing his 13-year-old schoolmate.

Among the new evidence prosecutors handed over to Fucci’s defense are interviews with and jail calls made by Antuan Scott, a fellow Duval County jail inmate, who also goes by Freddie Pandy.

The content of those recorded calls and interviews wasn’t immediately clear Friday.

Scott and a St. Johns County Fire Rescue paramedic were listed among the witnesses the state intends to call. They’ll join over 250 other potential witnesses in the high-profile case.

Fucci, 14, is the lone suspect in the murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, whose body was found on Mother’s Day in the Durbin Crossing neighborhood.

An autopsy found Bailey had been stabbed more than 100 times, many of them defensive wounds. A knife investigators say belonged to Fucci was found in a nearby pond.

Indicted for first-degree murder, Fucci will be tried as an adult. He’s being held at the Duval County jail because the St. Johns County jail does not have a juvenile holding area.

News4Jax Crime & Safety Expert Ken Jefferson, a former Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer, said prosecutors might be interested in the content of another inmate’s phone conversations because it’s not uncommon for inmates to confide in one another.

“A lot of inmates will talk to each other, make confessions, sometimes they’ll make spontaneous statements,” Jefferson said. “If something like that happened, and this particular inmate who made the call repeated that — because those calls are recorded — they can use any and everything against a person.”

As part of the latest batch of discovery material, prosecutors also handed over a compact disc containing a 911 call related to the case, as well as a fire department incident report.

The state has already disclosed reams of evidence, including an interrogation of Fucci, photos of Fucci and his clothes the day of the murder, and surveillance video taken from his family’s home and neighboring homes in the Durbin Crossing subdivision.

Detectives investigating the case said they not only found bloody clothes and sneakers in Fucci’s bedroom but also a notebook containing what they described as “Satanic drawings of a violent nature.”

Fucci and mother Crystal Smith, who’s charged with evidence tampering in the case, are both scheduled to have pretrial hearings on Sept. 1.


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