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Crime Aniah Blanchard died from gunshot wound, authorities say

02:25  03 december  2019
02:25  03 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Man charged with capital murder in Aniah Blanchard's death

  Man charged with capital murder in Aniah Blanchard's death Charges against Ibraheem Yazeed were upgraded from first-degree kidnapping."Mr. Yazeed is the only person in this case responsible for abducting Aniah Blanchard. He is the only person responsible for Aniah's murder," Hughes said at a press conference. Yazeed is currently being held without bond.

Investigators have determined that Aniah Blanchard , the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris who disappeared in October, died of a gunshot wound . Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes did not elaborate on where Blanchard was shot but told reporters

The authorities in Alabama found human remains that most likely belong to the missing college student Aniah Blanchard , officials said Monday. Brandon Hughes, the Lee County district attorney, said in an email that the authorities had “good reason” to believe the remains belong to Ms. Blanchard , 19.

Investigators have determined that Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris who disappeared in October, died of a gunshot wound.

a woman smiling for the camera: Aniah Blanchard is pictured in an undated handout photo.© Auburn Police Department Aniah Blanchard is pictured in an undated handout photo.

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes did not elaborate on where Blanchard was shot but told reporters in a news conference Monday that her manner of death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

Blanchard was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23. Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, has been charged with capital murder in Blanchard's death, Hughes said, adding that the state plans to seek the death penalty.

Murder charge announced in death of fighters’ stepdaughter

  Murder charge announced in death of fighters’ stepdaughter AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say the man investigators consider the lone suspect in the shooting death of the stepdaughter of a well-known UFC fighter will face a capital murder charge. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes announced Monday that prosecutors also will seek the death penalty against 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed in the death of Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old Alabama college student. Hughes says investigators believe Yazeed is the lone person responsible for her death.Yazeed was jailed earlier, charged with kidnapping in the woman’s disappearance. Prosecutors say the charges are being upgraded after Blanchard’s remains were discovered.

Aniah Blanchard went missing in Montgomery, Alabama on October 23Credit: Auburn Police Department. Authorities identified Yazeed as a person of interest after video surveillance placed him inside the same convenience store in Auburn where Blanchard was last seen on October 23.

The remains found in the woods in Alabama have been positively identified as Aniah Blanchard , a college student who disappeared last month, authorities said Wednesday.

Yazeed was seen on surveillance video inside the convenience store at the same time as Blanchard, and a witness outside the store saw him force Blanchard into her her black 2017 Honda CRV, according to charging documents.

He was arrested on Nov. 7 in Escambia County, Florida, and was initially charged with kidnapping in the first degree, a designation that includes the intent to inflict physical injury.

a man standing in a room: Ibrahim Yazeed, center, appears in court for a hearing on the disappearance of college student Aniah Blanchard, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Opelika, Ala.© Hannah Lester/AP, FILE Ibrahim Yazeed, center, appears in court for a hearing on the disappearance of college student Aniah Blanchard, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 in Opelika, Ala.

Blanchard's remains were found in a wooded area in Macon County, Alabama, about 40 miles east of the convenience store, on Nov. 25. Her car, which had blood evidence "indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury," was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, about 50 miles away from the convenience store. The blood was later determined to be Blanchard's.

Second Arrest Made In Aniah Blanchard Disappearance

  Second Arrest Made In Aniah Blanchard Disappearance A second person has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, the Homewood woman who was a student at Southern Union State Community College and has been missing for a month, according to multiple news reports. © Auburn PD Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old Homewood woman who was last seen Oct. 23. Local news station WRBL reported 35-year-old Antwain Fisher, of Montgomery was arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping. Fisher also goes by "Squirmy," the report says. Patch was not immediately able to reach the Lee County District Attorney's Office on Saturday to confirm news of the arrest.

Authorities are now saying that the blood found in Aniah Blanchard ’s car indicates a “life-threatening injury.” The man suspected of kidnapping the

Authorities then heard a single gunshot from inside the motel room and subsequently found Authorities in Alabama had issued capital murder warrants in the case earlier Tuesday as the She found Crocker with a gunshot wound . Her 2-year-old son was not injured, sheriff’s officials said .

Two other people have been arrested in Blanchard's disappearance.

Antwain "Squirmy" Fisher, 35, was arrested on Nov. 22 and charged with first-degree kidnapping. He is accused of "providing transportation to Yazeed, and disposing of evidence," according to a charging affidavit.

David Johnson Jr. was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov. 25 and charged with hindering the prosecution in Blanchard's disappearance. Yazeed was allegedly at Johnson Jr.'s home Nov. 7 before he left for Florida, ABC Birmingham affiliate WBMA reported, citing court documents. Authorities allege that Johnson Jr. knew that Yazeed was wanted by police at the time.

Yazeed is the "lone person" responsible in Blanchard's murder, Hughes said, promising that while justice for Blanchard would "not be swift," it would "be thorough."

"This case has absolutely shaken this community to its core, he said.

Harris took to Instagram last week to describe the "unbearable" pain he felt after losing his stepdaughter.

"Right now nothing makes sense and I’m so lost," Harris wrote. "I just want you back."

Remains confirmed to belong to UFC fighter's stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard .
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed that the remains were positively identified to be Blanchard's.Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser Wednesday afternoon that the remains were positively identified to be Blanchard's. At a press conference with WBRC, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said the case will move forward as a homicide investigation and further charges are expected.

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