“To say it was horrible could arguably be taken as an understatement,” prosecutor RJ Larizza said at a press conference Thursday.
At least 49 of the injuries to Ms Bailey’s hands, arms and head were “defensive in nature,” he added.
Prosecutors announced Thursday that 14-year-old Fucci would be tried as an adult for first-degree murder.
Thousands of community members have called on the state attorney’s office and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to try Mr. Fucci as an adult on the more serious charge.
Mr Fucci is accused of killing the 13-year-old cheerleader, who was found dead of “horrific” stab wounds on Mother’s Day in St. John County, Fla., Which just happens to be south of Jacksonville.
Mr Fucci was arrested shortly after the teenager’s body was discovered, and reportedly posted an arrest selfie in the back of a police car, which he captioned: “Hey guys , someone’s seen Tristyn lately ”.
The teens were classmates at Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, but police said they were unsure whether the two knew each other, the Daily Beast reported.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Department previously reported that the teenager died of blunt stab trauma.
“This is the cold-blooded murder of a 13-year-old girl who did not deserve to die,” St Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick told local media outlet WJXT.
“It is a sad decision and a sad state of affairs, but it was clear to us after looking at what had happened that it was not only appropriate to charge the accused as an adult, but it was really the only choice we could make, ”he says.
“The bottom line is that the premeditation can be deduced, certainly from the sheer number of stab wounds Tristyn Bailey had to endure. “
Police arrested Mr. Fucci on Monday, May 10, and St. Johns County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered a knife near a pond where Ms. Bailey’s body was found.
If convicted, the teen could face a life sentence, but would be eligible for a review at age 25 given his young age.
Ms Bailey’s family released a statement following the indictment decision.
“We greatly appreciate the tremendous outpouring of community from all parts of the world. Especially for those in St. Johns who have contributed to Mother’s Day research, vigils, commemorations and memorials, ”it read. “With the press conference sharing the details of this heinous crime, the compassion and love shown by people and businesses to uplift Tristyn’s memory and the resolve of our community serves as a beacon of light in the dark.”