A Milwaukee woman accused of killing a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her and other underage girls has the right to appeal a decision using a form of self-defense, a Wisconsin court ruled this week.
Chrystul Kizer, who was 17 when prosecutors claimed he killed Randall Volar III and set fire to his home in 2018, could apply a state law adopted in 2008 known as "affirmative defense," meaning he is accused of making a "direct result" of being a victim of trafficking. of people.
Kizer has been charged with five counts, including premeditated murder. She was young when she claimed that Volar, 34, had sexually assaulted her. Kizer, now 20, appeared in a 2019 speech at the Washington Post from prison and said he was defending himself.
Chrystul Kizer during the trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2019.
Chrystul Kizer during a hearing at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2019. Sarah L. Voisin / Washington Post via Getty Images file
Kizer is awaiting trial after his release from Kenosha County Prison last June after the case attracted interest from community groups and celebrities, with assistants helping him increase his $ 400,000 bail, which was reduced from $ 1 million. His situation was similar to that of Cyntoia Brown, who was convicted as a teenager for killing a man he allegedly hired to have sex with and was released from prison in 2019 after Gov. Bov Haslam was the governor of Tennessee at the time.
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Activists also met with Kizer, saying his case represented the failure of the criminal justice system to protect young victims of sexual abuse and that state laws aimed at helping victims were being pushed aside, and Black girls and women affected immeasurably. The decision of the appellate court in Kizer's case was pending for more than a year.
Kizer said he met Volar on Backpage, a now-closed website with sexual ads, and that he sold her to men for sex. Kizer told The Post that on the night Volar was killed, he pinned her to the floor when she refused to have sex. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Police said Kizer shot him in the head and set fire to his home before stealing his car, money and laptop. He also allegedly made a live video on Facebook, took a photo after the fire broke out and said he was "not afraid to kill and make references to a rich white man," according to a criminal complaint.
The district attorney Michael Graveley, the lead prosecutor in Kizer's case, said the boy's actions included evidence that he had planned his death and wanted to steal his BMW. Prosecutors said Kizer "never showed he was smuggled by Volar."
Authorities confirmed that they were working on the Volar case before he died and that he had previously been arrested and released. There is also video evidence that he sexually abused many Black girls.
If convicted of premeditated murder, Kizer could be sentenced to life in prison, although he could not be granted parole.
The Kenosha Regional Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday on the appellate court's decision.
Kizer's lawyers were also not immediately available for comment.