14-year-old Aiden Fucci made a series of disturbing comments at his pre-trial court hearing this past week.
The Florida teen — who is set to be charged as an adult for 1st degree murder —is accused of the brutal killing of his 13-year-old classmate, Tristyn Bailey, who was found dead in the woods on May 9 with a staggering 114 stab wounds, around 35 of which were to the young girl's face, head, and neck.
She was killed less than half a mile from Fucci's home.
Authorities later found the presumed murder weapon in a nearby body of water, as well as blood stained clothing and shoes in the accused teenager's bedroom. They also discovered a series of violent and semi-sexual drawings that "depicted a Satanic element to them" in one of his notebooks.
Following his arrest, the high schooler posted a nonchalant selfie to his social media, captioned, "Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately?"
Later, while being told about Bailey's death, he reportedly answered, "How is that my problem?"
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Fucci attended the court conference over video chat from Duval County Jail, and appeared unsettlingly flustered, repeatedly asking questions such as "what's going on?" and "why am I here?".
Even more upsetting, was his reference to demons that he allegedly believed were out to get him. "Please don't let the demons take my soul. The demons are going to take my soul away," the teen could be heard saying on the video recording of the hearing.
State Attorney R.J. Larizza commented on the grisly case. “The bottom line is that premeditation could be inferred, certainly from just the sheer number of stab wounds that Tristyn Bailey had to suffer. To say that it was horrific could arguably be made as an understatement.”
"I hope that parents will learn something from this, this vicious and brutal murder, and that is that you need to know what your kids are doing and what they are saying," he went on. "Because while we might not be able to stop these brutal and vicious murders from happening, we ought to at least try."
Fucci pled not guilty to all charges. His next hearing is scheduled for October 28.