On Tuesday, prosecutors in Alabama filed a motion to dismiss first-degree kidnapping charges against the second suspect in the Aniah Blanchard case.
WRBL reported that the Lee County District Attorney’s Office is slated to dismiss charges against Antwon Fisher, 35. Prosecutors wrote in court documents that Fisher’s actions did not meet the criteria for him to be deemed an accomplice in Blanchard’s kidnapping. They also noted that Fisher’s actions did not occur in Lee County.
Fisher, who was arrested on first-degree kidnapping charges on November 22, was accused of providing Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, with transportation and destroying evidence related to the criminal investigation.
The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the judge granted the motion “with prejudice,” meaning Lee County prosecutors cannot refile first-degree kidnapping charges against Fisher in this case.
Charged with capital murder, Yazeed was reportedly caught on an Auburn convenience store’s surveillance camera at the time of Blanchard’s October 23 disappearance. A witness at the store that night claimed he saw Yazeed force the teen into her car. He was allegedly filmed at another store exiting the passenger side of Blanchard’s vehicle and eventually re-entering the car.
Blanchard’s body was discovered on November 25 in a wooded area off Highway 80 in Macon County. Authorities said Blanchard was fatally shot, and that she attempted to take a gun from Yazeed during her kidnapping.
A third man, David Johnson Jr., 63, was arrested on November 25 for allegedly hindering prosecution. He was accused of lying to police about his son driving Yazeed from Alabama to Florida, where Yazeed was arrested on November 7.
Reports indicated that Fisher has a 2005 felony murder conviction for fatally shooting a woman during a drug deal in Montgomery.
At the time of Blanchard’s abduction, Yazeed was out on bail on attempted murder charges — despite having a lengthy criminal history which includes arrests for kidnapping and robbery.
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[Featured image: Antwon Fisher/Lee County Detention Facility; Aniah Blanchard/Facebook]