Is Chrystul Kizer the next poster child for self defense ? To give you a little background, Chrystul Kizer is a black girl who allegedly killed her abuser, Randall Philip Volar, on June 5, 2018. She shot him twice in the head and then burnt his property in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other felonies.
Kizer first met Randall in 2017 after she saw an advertisement on Backpage - the site was shut down in 2018 when authorities found its link to child sex trafficking. She was sexually abused and filmed by Volar multiple times. Volar had been arrested for child sexual assault previously.
Kizer’s legal team has been building her case on self-defense grounds, claiming that she killed Randall to save her life. Prosecutors argue that Chrystul killed Randall premeditatedly. While she was released from jail in June 2020, she is still awaiting trial.
Let’s take a look at 3 key things to understand this case:
Randall had a criminal history
It is now established that Randall had a sordid history with minors. Volar was once arrested and released the same day after being charged with child enticement. He was still being investigated for child pornography and trafficking when Kizer took the matter into her own hands and shot him.
Kizer’s team used an affirmative defense argument
An affirmative defense is when a defendant claims to commit a crime because of circumstances they are forced into. In short, affirmative defense law is used to justify a criminal act. These laws are designated mainly for sex trafficking survivors.
The Washington Post interviewed Kizer in 2019, where she said she killed Volar because she was tired of him abusing her. “I didn’t intentionally try to do this,” Kizer said during the interview. Prosecutors alleged that Kizer killed Volar to steal his car and that she went online on Facebook Live to boast about her act of killing a white man.
Our justice system is failing her
People continue to protest seeking justice for Kizer who had received mass donations. The Chicago Community paid her $400,000 bond so she kept fighting for her justice. However, the community claimed that the police and government systems had failed to protect Kizer.
Following the Rittenhouse Verdict, legal experts believe that Chrystul Kizer should be able to argue self-defense.
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