Attorneys file 4 court motions ahead of Aiden Fucci’s trial
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – 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.

The motion filed Thursday reads, “Due in part to the ages of the children involved, this case is subject to unprecedented prejudicial publicity and extensive media attention across the four counties.”

The court document also says the media coverage and public social media engagement on the case are ”ubiquitous and unending.”

It points to “extensive coverage” by the media of every court proceeding, however minor or inconsequential.

The motion says Bailey’s immediate family would still be allowed in the courtroom.

Tristyn Bailey

Fucci’s lawyer also promises she’ll file a change of venue motion, telling the judge that he can’t get a fair trial in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, which includes St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties, or even in any of the four adjacent judicial districts. Those circuits include Jacksonville and Gainesville.

Reganel Reeves, an attorney not affiliated with this case, says finding jurors who don’t know about the case will be rare.

“The defense attorneys are seeking to get the most impartial jurors as possible,” Reeves said. “That’s why for this case, they want to limit the information that the jurors would see before being selected.”

Fucci will be in court on Aug. 31. He is scheduled to go to trial in November.=

Documents show screenshots of Instagram accounts mocking teen’s death

News4JAX obtained the motion on Friday, the day after reporting on documents in the case which included several emails sent to authorities.

The documents show screenshots from Instagram accounts mocking the tragedy days after Bailey was found stabbed more than 100 times in the Durbin Crossing neighborhood on Mother’s Day 2021.

Some posts show support for Fucci. The caption under his picture says, “Pray he comes home soon.” It includes “#freeaiden.”

Another post reads “Just found our Next person. This for You Aiden. Check the News tomorrow.”

The documents from the Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office show others claimed to be an accomplice, commenting on a post saying, “She didn’t want to listen we did what we had to do.”

Some posted pictures of guns, threatening violence, according to the documents.

News4JAX spoke with social media expert Dwann Holmes.

“Right now, it’s just cool to be popular online. So we are literally breeding a generation of, I believe, clout seekers,” Holmes said.

Holmes says Instagram’s blocking and reporting features can help — but can only do so much.

“There are so many professional hackers out there that I think its difficult for social media to really have a handle on it themselves,” Holmes said.

Whether the case is covered in the news or social media, the judge will have the final say if the pretrial hearings should remain open to the public.

Holmes says it’s important to keep blocking and reporting to law enforcement if you see something suspicious on social media.

To promote safety, integrity and security, Instagram’s policy says, “We use date we have to investigate suspicious activity or violations of our terms or policies, or to detect when someone needs help.” It also accesses, preservers and shares information with regulators and law enforcement if it has good faith that legal action should be taken.

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