ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. Attorney at law for Aiden Fucci, the teenager charged with second degree murder in the death of Tristyn Bailey, has filed a motion to resign, prosecutors confirmed to News 6 partner WJXT-TV on Monday.
The lawyer Anwar Snober has represented Fucci since his arrest. The application was made in agreement with Fucci and his parents.
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“Usually a lawyer will only recently retire if he was just there for a lawyer for the first time,” said attorney Gene Nichols, who is unrelated to the case.
14-year-old Fucci is being held by the Ministry of Juvenile Justice. According to Robert Hardwick, St. Johns County Sheriff, he is the sole suspect in Bailey’s murder. No information was published about a possible motive in the case.
Fucci will either hire a new private attorney or the court will appoint him as a public defender. Nichols said the cost of a private attorney in such a case could be as high as $ 100,000.
“There is an enormous cost involved. That is why the vast majority of these cases are publicly represented,” said Nichols.
The doctor’s office found that Bailey, who was described by investigators as a “significant head injury and other trauma,” was stabbed. Her death was counted as manslaughter.
Thousands of people have signed a petition from change.org asking prosecutors to charge Fucci as an adult. He was ordered to remain in juvenile detention until May 31st.
“While it is important that everyone has their word, the prosecution will make a decision based on the facts of the case and this defendant,” said Nichols.
The lawyer added, “I would think there is almost no chance he will be tried in a juvenile court.”
Bailey’s family has announced that they will be holding a Celebration of Life for Tuesday, 13 years old. There were numerous vigils and fundraisers for the teen, but this is the first one planned by her family.
Pastors Jeffrey McDuffie and Bob Thyer, both from Celebration Church, are helping with the event.
“Don’t forget the family in a month, in two months,” Thyer said. “Because then the emptiness of their loss will really hit the family. So follow your friends, your father, your mother and be there. “
McDuffie met with family members on Monday and said they are all grateful for the support they have received from the community.
The celebration of life is open to family, friends, and the community.
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