FILE - This undated file photo released by police in Auburn, Ala., shows Aniah Haley Blanchard. Auburn police have arrested a second man in the disappearance of Blanchard. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told The Associated Press by email Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, that 35-year-old Antwain Shamar Fisher of Montgomery has been charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance last month of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.
Fisher was arrested Friday and booked Saturday into the Lee County Jail, Hughes told the Opelika-Auburn News and WRBL-TV. Blanchard, whose stepfather is UFC participant Walt Harris of metro Birmingham, was last seen Oct. 23 at a convenience store in Auburn. (Auburn Police Division via AP, File)

Media fighting gag order in case of missing Alabama student

November 18, 2019 - 7:58 pm
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Media companies are asking a judge to lift a gag order in the kidnapping case against a man charged in the disappearance of a missing Alabama college student.

Ten companies and organizations representing multiple news outlets filed the request Monday in the case of 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed.

Yazeed is charged in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris. Blanchard was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn, Alabama.

The media request says Lee County District Judge Russell Bush’s order banning lawyers and potential witnesses from speaking with reporters about the case is too broad.

The motion says the order could even bar authorities from seeking help in pursuing information about Blanchard’s whereabouts.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Opelika.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/

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