$500K bond for man charged with mother's slaying

$500K bond for man charged with mother's slaying

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A man arrested for the murder of his mother over an argument about grades appeared in court Tuesday.

Tyler Blansit, 22, was arrested early Saturday morning for the murder of his mother, Sherry Blansit. She was found beaten to death behind her home in Mentone.

Her son admitted to the murder and said it was the result of a confrontation over his grades in college.

Tyler told the judge Tuesday he planned to hire his own attorney. The preliminary hearing will be set once he hires that attorney.

Prosecutors then asked for a $500,000 cash bond in this case. They argued for the high bond because it was especially violent that Tyler used a baseball bat to beat his mother to the point she was unrecognizable.

According to Mentone Police Chief Brad Greg, Tyler told investigators he hit Sherry in the head with a baseball bat during the height of their argument.

Investigators said it looked like Sherry had been involved in a severe car crash or train wreck. It was determined he was standing over the body and infrared imagery showed he had blood splatters on his shoes.

When investigators revealed that information, they said that is when he broke down and admitted what he had done.

The judge set his bond at $500,000 cash bond. He is in the DeKalb County Jail.

Officials said Tyler is a student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. According to a UAB database, he is studying biology. Authorities confirmed Tyler was the person who called 911 to alert them to the scene on Friday.

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