As thousands and thousands proceed to precise shock and disappointment over Kyle Rittenhouse’s current acquittal, others are specializing in Chrystul Kizer.
Kizer is at present awaiting trial after admitting she killed her sexual abuser in self-defense in 2018. Kizer, who was 17 on the time of the killing, says she set her abuser’s home on hearth and stole his automotive. The alleged abuser, Randall P. Volar III, was additionally shot within the head.
Volar had beforehand been arrested on baby sexual assault costs.
After neighborhood teams such because the Chicago Group Bond Fund raised the $400,000 mandatory for her to be launched on bond, others have been targeted on guaranteeing she is discovered not responsible. Kizer was launched from jail in June 2020.
NPR reports that regardless of her self-defense reasoning, prosecutors say the killing was premeditated. They declare Kizer’s motive in killing Volar was theft. Kizer’s attorneys are invoking a self-defense argument that has by no means been utilized in a murder case within the state earlier than. Her attorneys consider Kizer was defending herself from a trafficker who they are saying preyed on her and different underage victims. They hope to make use of an affirmative protection included in state statutes for victims of intercourse trafficking.
Choose David Wilk initially dominated that Kizer couldn’t use the affirmative protection argument on this case as a result of it concerned murder. His resolution was overturned by an appellate court docket that dominated that, per a state statute, she will be able to argue “affirmative protection” if her protection crew can present that her actions in opposition to Volar have been a direct results of the trafficking she skilled.
The case is at present beneath overview by the Wisconsin Supreme Court docket.
Kizer’s supporters have continued protesting in her favor. They’re arguing that attributable to Rittenhouse’s profitable self-defense technique, Kizer’s case must be granted the identical consequence.
“Chrystul Kizer was on this constructing [Kenosha County Courthouse] advocating for her justice too,” Democratic state Rep. David Bowen said. “And we didn’t hear any of y’all. And we didn’t hear anyone that was out making noises for Kyle Rittenhouse.”
Kizer’s case can be exhibiting the injustices for individuals of shade, particularly Black and brown ladies. Sharlyn Grace, former government director of the Chicago Group Bond Fund, told Wisconsin Public Radio final yr that Kizer’s case is a major instance of the justice system failing Black and brown women and girls.
“We see these circumstances as extremely necessary…to guard and uplift and assist the person ladies, who’re overwhelmingly Black ladies,” Grace stated. “As a result of the fact is that Chrystul Kizer was not stored protected by police and prosecution and incarceration and, the truth is, after she was pressured to defend herself and he or she selected to outlive, she was then additional harmed by these programs.”
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