Yazeed charged with capital murder in Blanchard's disappearance
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to USA Today, the prosecutors in Alabama are now seeking the death penalty against Ibraheem Yazeed. The 29-year-old is the alleged killer of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.
The authorities said that Yazeed is now facing a capital murder charge. He was previously facing first-degree kidnapping charge, before the authorities found Blanchard’s body before Thanksgiving.
“The process of seeing justice done for Aniah and her family will not be swift, but I can promise it will be thorough,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said.
It was determined following an autopsy that Blanchard died from a gunshot wound. The authorities said that when her car was found that they felt like she did not survive due to the amount of blood found in the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, “[blood] indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury” was found in her Honda CR-V. Forensics later confirmed that the blood in the vehicle belonged to Blanchard.
“This case has absolutely shaken our community to its core, but I cannot say enough about the job that Auburn Police Division and every other agency involved in this case responded to the report of Aniah’s disappearance,” Hughes added.
Blanchard — the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris — went missing on Oct. 23rd. She was last seen at a convenience store before the authorities linked that Yazeed was there at the same time as her.
The police linked that Yazeed was the person of interest after a witness came forward and said that they saw a man force a woman into a vehicle. Hughes said that Yazeed was the lone person responsible for Blanchard’s death.
However, at this time, the authorities have three people arrested in this case. Antwon “Squirmy” Fisher has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, as he allegedly helped Yazeed with transportation and disposing of evidence.
In addition, the authorities have arrested David Johnson Jr. with hindering prosecution. The authorities said that he helped Yazeed escape prosecution.
“The process of seeing justice done for Aniah and her family will not be swift,” Hughes said. “But I can promise you it will be thorough.”