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THE OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

THIRTY SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT


LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA
BRANDON M. HUGHES, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
www.leecountyda.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


December 2, 2019

District Attorney Brandon Hughes Announces Capital Murder Charges Against Ibraheem
Yazeed; Will Seek Death Penalty

Opelika, Ala. – Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes announced today that Ibraheem Yazeed
will be charged with Capital Murder in the death of Aniah Blanchard. He also announced that the State
will be seeking the death penalty.

During the course of the investigation into the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, it was determined
that Ibraheem Yazeed abducted Aniah from the Chevron gas station on College Street in the city of
Auburn. After the arrest of Mr. Yazeed, the focus of the investigation turned exclusively to finding Aniah.
On November 25 investigative efforts lead us to County Road 2 in Macon County where human remains
were located and later determined by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to be those of
Aniah Blanchard. Additionally, the medical examiner has officially ruled Aniah Blanchard’s death as a
homicide by gunshot wound.

As a result of the determination by the medical examiner, we are upgrading the charge of Kidnapping
First Degree to Capital Murder which, in this case, is an intentional Murder during the course of a
Kidnapping. Additionally, we will be seeking the death penalty against Ibraheem Yazeed.

In the interests of public safety, I can say that the investigation has determined Ibraheem Yazeed to be
the lone person responsible for Aniah’s abduction and her murder and he remains in the Lee County
jail without bond. Mr. Yazeed remains innocent of any charges against him until his guilt is proven
beyond a reasonable doubt.

From District Attorney Brandon Hughes: “This case has shaken our community to its core, and I
cannot say enough about how the Auburn Police Division—and every other agency involved in this
case—responded to the report of Aniah’s disappearance. From its first moments, law enforcement
moved swiftly and methodically to find Aniah’s abductor, her murderer, and her. The process of seeing
justice done on behalf of Aniah and her family will not be swift, but it will be thorough. It is my intention
that the response to this horrific crime serve as a warning to anyone who believes they want to come
to Lee County and engage in violent criminal behavior. You will be dealt with and the consequences
will be severe.”

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