Bond set for Alabama man accused in slaying over bad grades

Tyler Ryan Blansit
This undated photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office shows Tyler Ryan Blansit. Blansit, an Alabama college student, is accused of killing his mother during an argument over grades. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a statement that 22-year-old Blansit confessed to killing 45-year-old Sherry Ann Blansit in Mentone, about 75 miles east of Huntsville, Ala. Multiple news outlets have reported she was found in her backyard Friday. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — Bond has been set for an Alabama man authorities say confessed in the death of his mother during a fight over his grades.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s office records said Tuesday that bond for 22-year-old Tyler Ryan Blansit had been set at $500,000. Sheriff Jimmy Harris has said Blansit confessed in the death of 45-year-old Sherry Ann Blansit of Mentone — about 75 miles east of Huntsville.

Harris has said Blansit told investigators that he and his mother argued over his grades and that he struck the woman in her head. She was found dead in her yard on Friday and Harris has said she appears to have died of blunt-force trauma.

A University of Alabama-Birmingham directory says Blansit was studying biology. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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