A Wisconsin woman accused of fatally shooting her sexual abuser in 2018 was released from jail Monday, after two years behind bars.
Multiple community groups raised $400,000 to pay Chrystul Kizer’s bond. Kizer was 17 when she killed Randall Volar III, 34, in what some have called a case of self-defense, according to the New York Times.
The Daily Mail reported that Kizer, now 19, said she met Volar when she was 16 after she posted an advertisement on Backpage.com. Volar was reportedly the first person to respond to the ad, which Kizer said she made to purchase school supplies and snacks.
At the time of his death, Kenosha News reported that Volar was under investigation for sex trafficking and possession of child pornography.
Prosecutors admitted that Volar was sexually abusing Kizer and other underage girls as young as 12. In February 2018, he was arrested on multiple sex-related crimes involving children. He was released from custody without posting bail, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The Daily Mail reported that photo and video evidence recovered from Volar’s home indicated that Kizer was one of his victims.
Court testimony revealed that on the night of the slaying, Volar paid for an Uber to bring Kizer to his home. Kizer spent several hours at Volar’s home and shared a pizza with Volar before she allegedly shot him in the head. She then set Volar’s house of fire and fled in his BMW, according to the news outlet.
Kizer’s bond was initially set at $1 million. Judge David Wilk lowered her bond to $400,000 in February.
Kenosha News reported that an appellate court is currently deciding whether defense attorneys can use an affirmative defense available to trafficking victims at Kizer’s trial. No trial date has been set.
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[Featured image: Randall Volar III, Chrystul Kizer/Handout]