Kizer faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 33-year-old Randy Volar.
A Wisconsin teen is currently facing life in prison after killing a man she claims raped and trafficked her. Milwaukee native Chrystul Kizer, now 19, was 17 at the time of the shooting. District Attorney Michael Graveley charged Kizer with arson, theft, and first-degree intentional homicide. The latter charge carries a mandatory life sentence in the state of Wisconsin. Judges set bail at $1 million.
Police had already brought child sexual assault charges against the deceased man, 33-year-old Randy Volar. Graveley’s office found evidence that Volar had abused nearly a dozen black girls before releasing him. Four months later, Kizer allegedly shot Volar twice, set his house on fire, and stole his BMW.
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Just four months ago, a similar case in Tennessee made headlines. Cyntoia Brown, another Black girl forced into sex trafficking, served 15 years in prison after killing 43-year-old Johnny Allen. Brown testified that she committed the act in self-defense. Brown’s case went viral in November 2017 after celebrities like Rihanna, LeBron James, Snoop Dogg, and Kim Kardashian expressed outrage over her sentence. Brown was released from prison this past August.
The Washington Post reported on the case earlier this week. Reporter Jessica Contrera cited affirmative defense laws, meant to protect sex-trafficking victims. However, Wisconsin courts have never used affirmative defense to justify a homicide.
The prosecution alleges they have evidence of premeditation, between Kizer’s social media posts and communication with her boyfriend. The night of the shooting, Kizer allegedly posted a selfie, captioned: “My Mug Shot.” Days later, she live-streamed on Facebook. She allegedly spoke about giving her brother a BMW. She brandished a gun, allegedly telling her boyfriend “I don’t want to shoot anybody else.” Police arrested Kizer the next morning.
The trial will begin in February.