By Carol Robinson | [email protected]
Charges have been dismissed against one of the suspects in the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, who remains were later found in rural Macon County.
A Lee County judge Tuesday afternoon granted prosecutors’ request to dismiss the kidnapping charge against Antwon “Squirmy” Fisher. The 35-year-old Fisher was accused of helping murder suspect Ibraheem Yazeed in the Blanchard case.
Fisher, court records stated, “provided material assistance to Yazeed by providing transportation to Yazeed, and disposing of evidence,’’ according to charging documents. Fisher pleaded guilty in 2006 to a reduced charge of felony murder and was sentenced to 19 years in prison with two years to serve. He was initially charged with capital murder in the 2004 shooting death of Amy Rawls during a robbery. The victim was robbed of $60.
Blanchard, 19, was abducted in October outside an Auburn convenience store and was found dead more than a month later in rural Macon County. Police said she had been shot and her body then dumped in a wooded area. Charging documents against Yazeed said a witnessed heard Yazeed say Blanchard “went for the gun” and he shot her.
A “Celebration of Life” for Blanchard will happen Saturday, Dec. 21 at 12 p.m. at Faith Chapel Christian Center, 100 Mike Moore Blvd., in Birmingham.
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a motion requesting the kidnapping charge against Fisher be dismissed. “The investigation has since revealed that Fisher was not present during the commission of the principal offense,” Assist District Attorney Garret Saucer wrote in the motion. “Fisher’s conduct is akin to that of a common-law ‘accessory after the fact’ which has been made a separate offense entirely.”
Saucer went on to note that Fisher’s involvement did not take place in Lee County.
Lee County District Judge Russell Bush granted the motion, dismissing the charge against Fisher with prejudice. That means he cannot be charged again with kidnapping in the Blanchard case. The judge ordered Fisher be released from custody. He is no longer listed as an inmate in the Lee County Detention Center. Blanchard’s remains were found just days after Fisher was taken into custody.
District Attorney Brandon Hughes released this statement Tuesday regarding Fisher: “Subsequent to Antwon “Squirmy” Fisher’s arrest, it was determined that Mr. Fisher’s conduct did not rise to the level of accomplice liability as was originally charged and as is required under Alabama law. Additionally, no action taken by Mr. Fisher in connection with this case occurred in Lee County. Therefore, based on legal and jurisdictional grounds, we have requested Mr. Fisher’s charge for kidnapping first degree be dismissed. The investigation into the murder of Aniah Blanchard is still ongoing and we will continue to evaluate and exhaust all leads in the pursuit of justice for Aniah and her family.”