The family of the stepdaughter of a UFC fighter discovered dead in 2015 was psychological as an authorities investigator testified about how the Alabama university student was found.
Auburn Police Investigator Josh Mixon affirmed in a Lee County courtroom Wednesday that a witness stated he was with Ibraheem Yazeed when Yazeed appeared to drag a body, wrapped in a comforter, into the woods near Shorter, Alabama, news outlets reported.
” Inform me that’s not a body,” Mixon testified the witness as stating. “Yazeed replies, ‘It will not return on you or your family,'” Mixon said.
Yazeed is charged with capital murder in the death Aniah Blanchard, 19.
Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, was found dead in a wooded location in Macon County last November.
” I can’t envision what her household is going through,” Lee County District Lawyer Brandon Hughes informed WRBL-TV. “Murder cases are unsightly. You have to discuss these things. You have to speak about these things in rather of a dispassionate way.”
Cops previously said Yazeed was seen requiring Blanchard into her vehicle at a gasoline station last October.
Mixon testified that Blanchard came into contact with Yazeed at a gasoline station and they left together, according to news outlets. Blanchard and Yazeed then stopped at a 2nd filling station where he went within and while she remained in the chauffeur’s seat. He went back to the traveler’s seat and they both left, Mixon said.
Yazeed’s lawyer, William Whatley Jr., stated Blanchard voluntarily allowed Yazeed into her car, news outlets reported. Whatley said there’s no proof a criminal offense was committed in Lee County considering that her cars and truck was discovered in Montgomery and her body in Macon County.
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Text messages from Blanchard’s phone to a pal that night stated she was with a person called “Eric” which she had “just fulfilled him,” testified Mixon.
Hughes, the district lawyer, said Yazeed had ill intent because he gave a phony name, which Blanchard “was enticed under false pretenses,” so, by extension, she was abducted while in Lee County.
Judge Russell Bush said he discovered that probable cause exists that the kidnapping took place in Lee County. He said the case would be bonded over to a grand jury.
Yazeed stays in prison without bond.
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