The mom of an Alabama teen who was allegedly murdered by a man out on bail for attempted murder is pushing for bail reform, which she thinks would have prevented her daughter’s slaying.
Media reported that Aniah Blanchard’s mom, Angela Harris, spoke at a news interview at the Alabama State House amid talks of a proposed constitutional amendment that would implement limitations to the right to bail under the state’s constitution.
The bill’s supporter, Representative Chip Brown, revealed that under current law, defendants have a right to bail unless they are charged with capital homicide.
“I know Aniah is staring down, and she’s very proud right now that people are struggling, and they’re going to continue to struggle for her,” Harris said. “And through this law, she can fight. So, I’m simply asking everybody to get on board with this. Help this bill be passed.”
Blanchard, 19, had disappeared from an Auburn convenience store on October 23. Homicide suspect Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, was reportedly at the shop, and a witness claimed to have seen him force the teen into her vehicle.
As media previously reported, Blanchard’s body was found on November 25 in a wooded area off Highway 80 in Macon County. Officials said Blanchard was fatally shot, and that she tried to take a gun from Yazeed through her kidnapping.
At the time of Blanchard’s abduction, Yazeed was out on a bond on attempted murder charges — despite having a lengthy criminal history, which includes arrests for kidnapping and burglary.
Yazeed is charged with capital homicide in Blanchard’s shooting death. Prosecutors told they plan to seek the death kidnapping in this matter.
Kidnapping charges upon the second suspect, Antwon Fisher, 35, were dropped in mid-December. Fisher — who had been indicted for providing transportation to Yazeed — has a 2005 felony manslaughter conviction for fatally shooting a woman during a narcotic deal in Montgomery.
As of January 1, New York justices will not require cash bail for most misdeeds and non-violent felonies. In November, a law enforcement source told media that New York City residents facing illegal charges would be given incentives to show up to court — in the form of Mets baseball tickets, a subway pass, or a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.