By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
UFC fighter Walt “Big Ticket” Harris has announced that his family is one step closer to getting state officials to pass Aniah’s Law. This law would be in tribute to his daughter Aniah Blanchard, who was killed murdered in 2019.
The authorities arrested Ibraheem Yazeed as the prime suspect in Blanchard’s murder. He’s facing capital murder charges, as well as first-degree kidnapping.
“Today we came another step closer to seeing the passage of #aniahslaw,” Harris said in a Facebook post. “So thankful for all the hard work Representative Chip Brown has dedicated and continues to dedicate to this effort! Also, [I want to] thank Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth for his support! My entire family is forever thankful to you both as well as everyone involved.”
If approved, this law would allow criminals to have access to bail unless they’ve been charged with capital offenses. The capital offenses include murder, assault, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, sexual torture, domestic violence, human trafficking, burglary, arson, robbery, terrorism, or aggravated child abuse.
Blanchard’s death made national headlines. She disappeared in October 2019 after visiting a Chevron gas station in Auburn, Alabama.
Her body was found one month later in Macon County in a wooded area. After finding her body, investigators were able to determine that she was killed by a gunshot wound.
Yazeed is facing two capital murder charges. The first came when he allegedly committed murder through the use of a deadly weapon while the victim is in a vehicle.
The second capital murder charge stems from murder during a kidnapping in the first degree. The authorities are seeking the death penalty against Yazeed.
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