Suspect charged with capital murder in death of Aniah Blanchard expected in court April 13

Remembering Aniah

Ibraheem Yazeed seated in court at the Lee County Courthouse. Yazeed is charged with allegedly kidnapping Aniah Blanchard from a gas station in Auburn. (Hannah Lester for the Opelika-Auburn News)

LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (3/3/20): Court documents processed March 2 state that a preliminary hearing will be continued on April 13 for suspect Ibraheem Yazeed, the man accused of killing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard and charged with capital murder.

Yazeed is held on no bond.


UPDATE (12/5) — MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man held in the abduction and slaying of an Alabama college student isn’t fighting for the bond in a separate kidnapping case.

News outlets report that 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed appeared in court in Montgomery on Thursday on kidnapping, attempted murder and robbery charges linked to an incident in February.

A defense attorney didn’t fight a judge’s decision to revoke his bond. Yazeed is charged separately in what authorities say was the abduction and killing of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.

She’s the daughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris. Blanchard disappeared from Auburn in October, and her remains were found last week.


AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) — According to court documents, Ibraheem Yazeed allegedly admitted to shooting Aniah Blanchard and that the 19-year-old Homewood native “went for his gun.”

Yazeed, 29, was recently charged with capital murder by the Lee County District Attorney’s Office and is now being charged with a second count of capital murder. During a court hearing Wednesday, the charges were brought, one for capital murder involved in the kidnapping and one involving capital murder where Blanchard was allegedly shot in her car.

According to an affidavit filed Wednesday, a witness told investigators that he saw Yazeed in Montgomery. The witness described Yazeed as wearing only shorts with a gun tucked in.

“The subject stated Yazeed was in possession of Blanchard’s vehicle, however, he did not see Blanchard at the time,” the document stated.

In the document, the witness alleged that Yazeed had told him he had shot a girl and that she “went for his gun.”

Blanchard was last seen in Auburn on Oct. 23. On Nov. 25, human remains were found in the woods off Macon County Road 2 in Shorter. The remains were later identified as Blanchard’s.

Yazeed is currently awaiting trial and is being held at the Lee County Detention Center.


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