UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard reportedly fought back against her attacker after she was abducted and later killed.
New court documents released this week provided a statement from a witness who claimed 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed told him he shot a girl, presumably Blanchard, after she attempted to go for his gun after he allegedly kidnapped her outside a convenience store in Auburn, Ala.
“The subject further advised during a subsequent conversation with Yazeed, Yazeed admitted to shooting a girl and stated the girl ‘went for the gun,’’’ Det. Josh Mixon wrote in the court documents released.
At the time when he allegedly arrived at the apartment, Yazeed was reportedly wearing shorts with a gun tucked into the waistband but Blanchard, who first went missing on Oct. 23, was not seen with him at the time.
Police recovered Blanchard’s 2017 Honda CR-V at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Ala. where forensic evidence showed a “life threatening” amount of blood inside that led authorities to believe she had been harmed and likely was the victim of foul play.
Blanchard’s family contacted police the day after she went missing on Oct. 23. A search commenced for any information that would lead to Blanchard’s whereabouts as police started to piece together what happened that fateful night when she disappeared.
Surveillance footage from inside the convenience store where Blanchard was last seen also showed Yazeed there at the same time. An eyewitness later identified Blanchard as the man he saw force Blanchard into her own car against her will.
Police later issued a warrant for Yazeed’s arrest and he was picked up days later in Florida before he was extradited back to Alabama on first degree kidnapping charges.
On Nov. 25 police discovered human remains in Macon County, Ala. that were later confirmed to be Blanchard with forensic evidence proving that she died due to a gunshot wound before her body was dumped in a wooded area away from the road.
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes then filed capital murder charges against Yazeed and said he would seek the death penalty in the case.
According to a separate report from TMZ, Yazeed exploded in court on Wednesday after the capital murder charges were officially filed against him.
”Y’all have no video, no audio of me shooting anyone, that’s why I’m trying to see how y’all going to bind me over on hearsay. But y’all aren’t presenting no evidence,” Yazeed said.
Authorities have stated that Yazeed is the only suspect they believe to be involved with Blanchard’s murder. Two additional suspects were charged in the crime, but police don’t believe either of them were directly involved with Blanchard’s death.
Yazeed was already out on bond for separate charges that included kidnapping and attempted murder. He has been denied bond following his arrest on first-degree kidnapping charges and the new capital murder charge related to Blanchard’s death.