A 19-year-old woman is facing life in prison for killing a man who allegedly raped her and sold her for sex after a judge ruled that she cannot use a Wisconsin law that shields sex trafficking victims as a defense.
According to the Washington Post, Chrystul Kizer confessed to murdering 34-year-old Randy Volar in 2018. Kizer said she met Volar in 2016 when she was 16 through the now-defunct website Backpage.com. Kizer reportedly told Volar she was 19 at the time they met when he allegedly began paying for sex and eventually selling her to other men. According to authorities, she was one of about a dozen victims Volar sexually abused and filmed without their consent.
Though she admits to initially lying about her age, Kizer said she believed Volar knew she was a minor because they had celebrated her 17th birthday together.
Kizer shot Volar twice in the head at his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin on the night of June 5, 2018. She then set his body on fire and fled the scene in his BMW.
Police found the vehicle hours later and linked it to Kizer, who confessed to the murder when questioned by police. She was charged with arson and first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
Four months before his death, Volar was arrested on charges of child enticement, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and second-degree sexual assault of a child. He was taken into custody shortly after a 15-year-old girl called the police from his house, claiming Volar had given her drugs and was going to kill her.
The photo and video evidence found at his home indicated that Chrystul Kizer was one of his victims, however, Volar was released from jail without bail the day after his arrest. He remained free until the night Chrystul shot him.
District Attorney Michael Graveley, whose office knew of the evidence against Volar but held off on prosecuting him, charged Chrystul with first-degree intentional homicide.
The prosecutor argued that Chrystal pre-planned the murder, based on text messages she sent to friends and a selfie she posted on social media two hours before Volar’s body was found, which captioned ‘My Mugshot.’
Kizer says she did not plan to kill Volar when she went to his home that night but she acted in self-defense after he drugged her and tried to have sex with her.
“I had went into the house.… He had ordered some pizza. We were smoking, and he asked me if I wanted to drink any liquor,” she said in Milwaukee court. “And then he had gave me this drug. I don’t know what it’s called. And after that, we started to watch movies.… And then, the drug, it made me feel weird or whatever.”
Kizer said he then began touching her leg and she jumped up to move away from him. She said Volar then pinned her to the ground and tried to take her pants off. Kizer says she was able to get away and grab a pistol she had allegedly received from her boyfriend. She then fired two fatal shots at Volar’s head.
Kizer’s attorneys tried to apply “affirmative defense,” which could be used to acquit sex trafficking victims if they can prove they committed the crime because they were being trafficked. The Post reports that under federal law, all children who are bought/sold for sex are trafficking victims.
However, on Dec. 9, a Wisconsin judge determined the “affirmative defense” law was inapplicable in Kizer’s case because prosecutors believe the murder was premeditated. State attorneys pointed to Kizer’s communications with her boyfriend and others, with whom she allegedly discussed how to hide evidence.
Kizer is being held on $1 million bail. Her case is set to go to trial in February.