According to WJXT-TV, Fucci entered a "straight plea deal," so he did not work with prosecutors beforehand.
He reportedly said at the hearing, "I’m sorry for the Bailey family and my family."
Bailey was reported missing to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office on May 9, 2021, at about 10 a.m. She was last seen around midnight, but her family became concerned when she was not home for a Mother’s Day breakfast. Investigators located her body that day at 6 p.m., and the chief medical examiner later determined she died from sharp force trauma by stabbing.
According to Fucci’s arrest report, Fucci reportedly admitted to being with Bailey at a mutual friend’s house the night she went missing, and the two were seen on surveillance cameras walking on North Durbin Parkway. Fucci "admitted to engaging in an argument with the victim in which he forcefully pushed the victim to the ground striking her head."
Bailey was found at the end of a retention pond near a cul-de-sac and had "significant injury to her head and other trauma."
Investigators executed a search warrant at his house and found clothing with blood on it.