Lawyer for Florida teen accused of killing classmate wants media excluded from pretrial proceedings
The defense lawyer for Aiden Fucci, the now-15-year-old charged with first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, is asking the judge to bar the media and the public from all future pretrial proceedings, saying the teen’s right to a fair trial is at stake, according to News 6 partner News4JAX.
Accused killer Aiden Fucci appears in court in murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey
More than a year after 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey was found brutally murdered in St. Johns County, the teen accused in the stabbing death of his schoolmate appeared in court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing in the case.
Teen accused of stabbing Tristyn Bailey asked how her death was his ‘problem’
St. Johns County detectives investigating the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey not only found bloody clothes and sneakers in the bedroom of her accused killer, Aiden Fucci, but also a notebook containing “drawings of a violent nature,” News 6 partner News4Jax reports.
Mother of teen in girl's slaying faces tampering charge
The mother of a 14-year-old Florida boy accused in a teenage girl's slaying is facing a charge of evidence tampering, authorities say. State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a news release that Crystal Lane Smith, 35, was arrested Saturday morning in St. John's County. An arrest warrant claims that Smith scrubbed a pair of jeans belonging to her son, Aiden Fucci.news.yahoo.com
Crystal Smith, mother of 13-year-old accused of murder, arrested for tampering with evidence
Crystal Smith, mother of 13-year-old Florida boy accused of murder, arrested for tampering with evidence According to an arrest warrant, Crystal Smith, the mother of Aiden Fucci, was wanted for washing the jeans he wore when he allegedly killed 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. (St. John's County Sheriff's Office/St. John's County Sheriff's Office)ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The mother of a 13-year-old boy accused of murder was arrested Saturday for tampering with evidence, investigators said. According to the arrest warrant, Smith, the mother of Aiden Fucci, was wanted for washing the jeans he wore when he allegedly killed 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. ARRESTED: Crystal Smith is in the St. Johns County Jail facing evidence tampering charges.wftv.com
Florida boy, 14, held without bond in 13-year-old's death
Aiden Fucci will be tried in adult court and faces a possible life sentence in the stabbing death of Tristyn Bailey earlier this month. Bailey was last seen at a community center in her neighborhood on May 9. During a news conference announcing the charge on Thursday, State Attorney R.J. Larizza said that charging Fucci as an adult was the only choice his office could make.news.yahoo.com
Boy, 14, charged as adult in 13-year-old girl's death
A 14-year-old boy is being charged as an adult in the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old cheerleader whose body was found in the northeast Florida woods earlier this month. The State Attorney's Office in St. Johns County filed a notice Thursday to transfer Aiden Fucci's case from juvenile to adult court after a grand jury indicted him on a first-degree murder charge, according to court records. Investigators said that Fucci had also told several friends that he planned to kill someone, though it wasn't clear whether Bailey was his intended target from the beginning, Larizza said.news.yahoo.com
Herrera Beutler will vote to keep Cheney in House leadership
Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, one of 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, says she will vote to retain Rep. Liz Cheney in Republican leadership. Cheney, who also voted to impeach the former president, is expected to be ousted from her position this week. “Jaime will be voting to keep the House leadership in place,” Beutler's spokesman Craig Wheeler told The Seattle Times in an email.news.yahoo.com
World’s most vaccinated nation sees COVID-19 resurgence, raising questions over Chinese vaccine
Despite its standing as the world's most vaccinated country, the 115-island archipelago Seychelles is seeing a dramatic resurgence in COVID-19 transmission, bringing its daily case rate to "a higher number of infections per capita than India," The Wall Street Journal reports. To date, approximately 67 percent of Seychelles' population is vaccinated — the majority of those citizens received Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, while the remainder received Covishield, a derivative of AstraZeneca's shot manufactured in India. But according to the island nation's health ministry, "more than one third of new active cases are people who are fully vaccinated." Authorities have not yet disclosed how many of the new cases are among Sinopharm recipients, but "the situation is being watched all over the world for what it says about the effectiveness of vaccines," writes the Journal. On Friday, the World Health Organization cleared the Sinopharm shot for emergency, global use, despite little data on its efficacy in patients over 60. According to the Journal, the authorization is expected to help "alleviate a severe shortage of doses in the developing world, as vaccine exports from COVID-19-struck India grind to a halt." To help curb the spread of infections, the Seychelles government recently instituted new preventative measures, such as early bar closures and bans on household intermingling. The good news, however, is most of Seychelle's cases appear to be mild, said Kate O' Brien, director of immunizations, vaccines and biologicals at the World Health Organization. "The Sinopharm vaccine really requires two doses," she added, "and some of the cases that are being reported are occurring either soon after a single dose, or soon after a second dose." More stories from theweek.comTed Cruz walks out of gun violence hearing after failing to change the subjectThe collapse of the GOP? It's just wishful thinkingMcCarthy is reportedly gambling that dumping Liz Cheney will get Trump to help make him House speakernews.yahoo.com
Conservative Texan Chip Roy slams Elise Stefanik in scathing memo ahead of leadership vote
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, considers Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) his friends, but he doesn't think either should be the GOP conference chair. Cheney, he said in a memo Tuesday, "forfeited her ability" to remain in the No. 3 leadership position by criticizing former President Donald Trump and "pulling us into distraction." So he's with most of his colleagues on that front. He's concerned, though, that they're rushing into supporting Stefanik, who has the backing of both Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and looks like a shoe-in to replace Cheney after a Wednesday vote. Roy's reservations stem from Stefanik's voting record, which hasn't been reliably conservative over the years. For example, despite being a close Trump ally these days, she actually voted against many of the former president's policies, including his 2017 tax cut, which is widely considered his signature legislative achievement. Roy compiled a list of some of Stefanik's votes that he considers antithetical to the party's strategy, arguing that her record "embodies much of what led to the 2018 a---kicking we received by the Democrats." Ultimately, Roy questioned how the GOP could tell "the forgotten men and women of this country ... we are standing up for them with a leadership-tapped colleague with that record as our spokesperson." Read Roy's full memo below. CHIP ROY comes out swinging v. STEFANIK: "w/ all due respect to my friend, Elise Stefanik, let us contemplate the message [GOP] leadership is about to send by rushing to coronate a spokesperson whose voting record embodies much of what led to the 2018 ass-kicking" by Democrats pic.twitter.com/WpOX9by5oo — Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) May 11, 2021 More stories from theweek.comTed Cruz walks out of gun violence hearing after failing to change the subjectThe collapse of the GOP? It's just wishful thinkingMcCarthy is reportedly gambling that dumping Liz Cheney will get Trump to help make him House speakernews.yahoo.com
Graffiti on Bates campus targets Israel, protests deaths
Police have referred an investigation into graffiti on the campus of Bates College that targeted Israel and supported Palestinian rights to the state Attorney General’s Office as a possible hate crime. A social media account affiliated with some Bates College students posted photos on Sunday showing what appeared to be chalk graffiti on the college's campus that supported Palestinian rights and targeted Israel, the Lewiston Sun Journal reported.news.yahoo.com
Afghan officials: Taliban gain control of a district HQ
The Taliban gained control on Tuesday of a strategic district headquarters in a province in central Afghanistan, just southwest of the capital of Kabul, a provincial council official said. According to the official, Sharifullah Hotak, the Taliban overran the Nirkh district headquarters in Maidan Wardak province. The insurgents confirmed the significant battlefield success.news.yahoo.com
Greece offers reward for arrests in 'barbaric' home invasion
Greek authorities took the rare step of offering a cash reward for information leading to arrests for a “barbaric” home invasion on the outskirts of Athens in which burglars strangled a young mother next to her 11-month-old baby on Tuesday. The minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis, described the killing as “particularly heinous,” and the government announced a 300,000-euro ($365,000) reward. State-run ERT TV said the 20-year-old victim was sleeping with her husband and baby when three men broke into their home in Glyka Nera before dawn, after killing the family's dog.news.yahoo.com
Sen. Cassidy expresses frustration with health officials on COVID-19 guidance
During a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he was “incredibly frustrated” by the messaging and guidance on the pandemic from public health experts.news.yahoo.com
Police: Dunkin' customer, 77, fatally punched by employee
Police said a Dunkin’ store employee fatally punched a 77-year-old customer in Florida after the employee said the man repeatedly used a racial slur against him. Pujols told police that the man was “extremely rude” the day of the punch and had called him a racial slur. Pujols, who is Black, said he confronted the man about the slur, at which point the 77-year-old repeated it.news.yahoo.com
Snapchat photo among social media posts investigated in Tristyn Bailey death
St. Johns County detectives are reviewing social media posts as part of the investigation into the death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey, including a widely-shared photograph showing a teenager in the back seat of a deputy’s cruiser.
14-year-old boy charged in girl's death expected in court
Classmates, friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil in honor of a 13-year-old cheerleader whose body was found in the northeast Florida woods. Authorities said her community pointed to a 14-year-old neighbor in her death. Tristyn was last seen early Sunday morning at the community center in the Durbin Crossing community south of Jacksonville.news.yahoo.com
Florida boy, 14, accused of killing missing 13-year-old girl in St. Johns County
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — A 14-year-old Florida boy is facing a second-degree murder charge after a missing 13-year-old girl was found dead in St. Johns County, according to deputies. Fucci is accused of killing 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. Bailey’s body was found Sunday night in a wooded area, according to officials. READ: Lightning strike causes chunk of road to fly through windshield, injuring 2So far, her cause of death has not been released. UPDATE REGARDING THE TRISTYN BAILEY INVESTIGATION: Posted by St. Johns County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 10, 2021wftv.com
Teenage Boy Charged With Murdering 13-Year-Old Florida Cheerleader
GoFundMe / St. John’s County SheriffAfter a daylong search, a 13-year-old cheerleader was found murdered in Florida—and police have arrested a 14-year-old boy who attended the same school.Tristyn Bailey’s family reported her missing at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and residents of St. Johns County came out in droves to look for her. The hunt ended tragically that evening when her body was spotted in a wooded area.The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office did not provide a cause of death; they said the seventh grader was clothed but did not confirm reports that she had on her cheerleading uniform.Sheriff Rob Hardwick said the teen arrested and charged with second-degree murder is the only suspect connected to Tristyn’s death. The Daily Beast is not naming him because he is a juvenile and authorities have not decided whether to charge him as an adult.“Our investigative team is out there interviewing all kinds of witnesses, whether directly or indirectly involved in this case,” Hardwick said at a press conference.“We have a suspect in custody. That is the only suspect that has to do with the death of Tristyn.”Hardwick said investigators are looking through a trove of social media posts that could be helpful to the case, but he did not comment on reports that a Snapchat under the boy’s name posted a photo of him in a patrol car with the caption: “Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately?”Both Tristyn and the suspect attended Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, though police said it was unclear how they knew each other or if they were in the same class.The sheriff acknowledged that news of Tristyn’s death had sparked an outpouring of emotion in the tight-knit county.“We know the community is angry,” Hardwick said.“We have a person charged with a serious crime, and we have a family that’s grieving the loss of a loved one. A child—a 13-year-old child.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.news.yahoo.com
Sheriff speaks after body found in search for missing 13-year-old Florida girl
The search for a 13-year-old girl last seen early Sunday morning in her Durbin Crossing neighborhood ended 16 hours later when searchers found a body the St. Johns County sheriff believes to be of the missing teenager, News 6 partner WJXT-TV reported.