Roommate, Chrystul Kizer was 17 years old when she shot and killed Randall Volar III in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in June 2018 and told authorities she was tired of being sexually trafficked and sexually abused by him. Kizer is currently in custody awaiting trial, but protesters are demanding her acquittal in the name of self-defense, as is Kyle Rittenhouse.
Chrystul Kizer has been charged with first degree willful manslaughter, the same charge as Rittenhouse, and faces life imprisonment after her legal team argued that she was defending herself against a perpetrator.
“We saw Rittenhouse get away with willful murder,” said Jess Sigh, a Kenosha resident and protester, to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Chrystul Kizer should actually be able to defend himself.”
Kizer traveled to Volar’s house in 2018 and shot him twice in the head. Then she set the house on fire and drove away in his BMW.
Volar, who was 34 years old when he was killed, met Chrystul on Backpage when she was 16 years old. He had previously been arrested for sexually assaulting children and had previously molested black underage girls. The Washington Post reported.
Prosecutors, while admitting Volar’s previous sexual assault files, argue that Chrystul’s actions were deliberate. Chrystul’s attorneys, however, rely on a self-defense argument that has never been used before in a Kyle Rittenhouse murder case.
“The anger that hits everyone, blacks, whites, who worry about the racism this country is facing is like – it stabs you in the chest over and over again,” said Lorna Revere, a local protester.
In the Chrystul Kizer case, no date has yet been set for the trial.
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