AIDEN Fucci's mom has been arrested today for allegedly tampering with evidence after her son was charged with viciously stabbing 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey 114 times.
Police said Crystal Smith surrendered herself to the custody of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, after being accused of washing blood off her 14-year-old son's jeans hours after Bailey was killed.
Smith, 35, was subsequently booked into the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center for tampering with evidence and has a $25,000 bond.
According to her arrest warrant, after Fucci went with investigators for questioning in Bailey’s killing, Smith was seen on surveillance video inside her house washing his blue jeans, which later tested positive for blood.
The drain in the sink, where Smith was seen cleaning the pants, also tested positive for blood, according to the arrest warrant.
State Attorney R.J. Larizza said: "Tampering with evidence is tampering with justice and cannot be excused or tolerated,"
Tristyn, a classmate of Fauci, was last seen in St Johns on the morning of May 9 and was reported missing by her family.
Her body was found that same day.
Sheriff Rob Hardwick said: "Crystal Smith will be held responsible for her role in this case and justice will be served for Tristyn Bailey and her family.
"I remain incredibly proud of the men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for their continued thoroughness in this investigation.
"Our goal in any investigation is to ensure proper accountability across the board for successful prosecution."
Fucci was charged with second-degree murder on May 10, one day after Tristyn's body was found.
But the teenager will now be tried as an adult and faces first-degree murder charges, instead of second-degree, according to motions filed in court.
Fucci will now be represented by a public defender instead of his original attorney, who withdrew from the case with a judge's permission on May 21.
The state attorney shared that if Fucci receives life in prison, he will be eligible for a review at age 25 because he is a minor.
He will also receive certain benefits or accommodation because of his age at the time of the crime and sentencing.
The investigation remains ongoing.
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