OPELIKA, Ala. — The household of Aniah Blanchard, stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, was emotional as a police detective testified about how Blanchard was discovered useless final yr.

Auburn Police Detective Josh Mixon testified in a Lee County courtroom Wednesday {that a} witness stated he was with Ibraheem Yazeed when Yazeed appeared to tug a physique, wrapped in a comforter, into the woods close to Shorter, Alabama, information retailers reported.

“Inform me that is not a physique,” Mixon testified the witness as saying. “Yazeed replies, ‘It will not come again on you or your loved ones,” Mixon stated.

Yazeed is charged with capital homicide within the demise of Blanchard, who was 19.

Blanchard was discovered useless in a wooded space in Macon County final November.

“I can not think about what her household goes by,” Lee County District Lawyer Brandon Hughes advised WRBL-TV. “Homicide instances are ugly. It’s important to speak about this stuff. It’s important to speak about this stuff in considerably of a dispassionate method.”

Police beforehand stated Yazeed was seen forcing Blanchard into her automobile at a gasoline station final October.

Mixon testified that Blanchard got here into contact with Yazeed at a gasoline station they usually left collectively, in accordance with information retailers. Blanchard and Yazeed then stopped at a second gasoline station the place he went inside and whereas she remained within the driver’s seat. He returned to the passenger seat they usually each left, Mixon stated.

Yazeed’s lawyer, William Whatley Jr., stated Blanchard willingly allowed Yazeed into her automobile, information retailers reported. Whatley stated there isn’t any proof a criminal offense was dedicated in Lee County since her automobile was present in Montgomery and her physique in Macon County.

Textual content messages from Blanchard’s telephone to a good friend that evening stated she was with an individual named “Eric” and that she had “simply met him,” Mixon testified.

Hughes, the district lawyer, stated Yazeed had in poor health intent as a result of he gave a faux title, and that Blanchard “was lured below false pretenses,” so, by extension, she was kidnapped whereas in Lee County.

Choose Russell Bush stated he discovered that possible trigger exists that the kidnapping occurred in Lee County. He stated the case could be bonded over to a grand jury.

Yazeed stays in jail with out bond.



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