AUBURN, Ala. (WRBL) — The Montgomery man investigators suspect of kidnapping and killing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard is now charged with capital murder.
During a Monday afternoon briefing, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes and the Auburn Police Division confirmed charges against 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed of Montgomery have been upgraded from first-degree kidnapping to capital murder. The cause of Blanchard’s death has been determined to be a gunshot wound.
The Lee County District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty in the case.
Yazeed is slated to have an initial court appearance sometime this week.
Blanchard vanished in the overnight hours of October 24th, kickstarting a month-long search for the teen. The search ended the day before Thanksgiving as the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences confirmed human remains discovered Monday, November 25 in the Shorter community off Macon County Road 2 belonged to the Auburn teenager.
“It with heavy hearts we announce the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has positively identified the remains as those of Aniah Haley Blanchard,” said Auburn Police Chief Paul Register after the confirmation. “At this point, the case will move forward as a homicide investigation and additional charges are forthcoming.”
Auburn police said they received information leading them to County Road 2 and Blanchard’s remains were located several feet into the woodline near a church.
The forensic confirmation begins a new destination for investigators seeking justice in Blanchard’s suspected kidnapping and murder. Investigators said prior to locating Blanchard they had arrested and charged all three “principal participants” responsible for harming Blanchard.
“Everyone that played a role in Aniah’s disappearance is now in custody,” Register said.
Investigators methodically considered their next steps in the case including upgrading charges against the first of three suspects in the case, 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed.
Antwon “Squirmey” Fisher, 35, of Montgomery is charged with Kidnapping First-Degree.
They are both being held in the Lee County Detention Facility. Yazeed has no bond and Fisher was originally given a no bond as well.
After Blanchard’s remains were located a judge set a $50,000 bond. However, as of Monday morning, December 2, Fisher remained incarcerated.
David Johnson Jr. is charged with Hindering Prosecution in Montgomery for his alleged role in Blanchard’s disappearance. He has posted a bond.