By Andrew Donley, WBMA
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — It’s a problem of constitutional rights, clashing with public safety.
Ibraheed Yazeed, the suspect in the kidnapping of Aniah Blanchard, is currently out on bond for several violent offenses according to court records.
Those charges: kidnapping, and attempted murder.
His priors total in at more than a dozen, including drug and robbery charges.
Yazeed was out on bond when officers say he crossed paths with Blanchard.
According to Auburn Police, Yazeed was captured on camera at the same gas station as Blanchard the night she vanished.
Whatever happened between the two, is believed to have started there.
I met with retired law enforcement officer and current attorney Edward Merrell to talk about how often we see cases of suspects out on bond committing additional crimes.
He offered a personal experience of a suspect in a manslaughter case.
“He was released on a $ 100,000 bond, that same night he was killed, along with another individual and six people were shot at a club. Would a higher bond have changed that scenario, would a no bond have changed that scenario possibly,” said Merrell.
In September, Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette was killed in the line of duty, the suspect according to police was out on bond for robbery and assault charges.
Derick Brown, one of the two suspects in the kidnapping and capital murder case of Kamille McKinney, was out on probation for kidnapping her own children just one year prior to McKinney’s disappearance – her probation was revoked.
The question is, why do we have so many being sent back out on the streets after being charged with violent crimes.
“If you look at the sheer numbers of people going through the process, if we didn’t have the ability to release people on bond you’d just have an overwhelming amount of people in jail, which of course would then create other problems in the justice system and the process just wouldn’t move along.” said Merrell.