By: Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Photo: Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office)
While 17-year-old Chrystul Kizer was inside the house of the man she is charged with killing, she snapped a selfie, prosecutors say.
Days later, the Milwaukee teen posted a Facebook Live video saying she shot a “white dude” and wasn’t afraid to kill again, according to a criminal complaint.
Kizer was charged this week with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 34-year-old Randall P. Volar III. If convicted, she faces a mandatory life sentence.
Kizer is accused of going to Volar’s home in Kenosha, shooting him in the head and setting a fire in his house before stealing his car, laptop and cash. She later shared news articles about the fire on her Facebook feed, police say.
She also faces charges of operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, arson, bail jumping and being a felon in possession of a firearm, all felonies.
Kizer appeared in court Wednesday and her bail was set at $1 million.
In the early morning of June 5, Kenosha firefighters were called to a blaze in the 7700 block of 14th Ave.
Inside the house, they found the charred remains of Volar. An autopsy later showed he had suffered two gunshot wounds to the head and was dead before the fire.
Neighbors told police Volar’s BMW was usually in the driveway. It was found the next day near the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, at South 6th and West Canal streets.
Inside the car, Milwaukee police found a cellphone and Family Dollar receipt from the evening before. When police went to the store to review security video, they saw four juveniles — three boys, one girl — buying items linked to empty containers inside the BMW.
The cellphone had photos of the same teens. The Milwaukee Police Department’s Fusion Center identified two juveniles in the photos and store video. One of them was Kizer’s brother, who provided an address for his sister, the complaint says.
That address matched an Uber receipt for a ride charged to Volar’s bank that started in Milwaukee and ended near Volar’s house hours before the fire.
A Kenosha detective pulled a mugshot of Kizer and believed it matched a selfie on her Facebook page, according to the complaint.
The selfie was taken in front of a set of black curtains and other items seen inside Volar’s home after the fire. The photo was posted online less than five hours before the fire was reported.
Detectives began monitoring Kizer’s Facebook account and on June 8, three days after the fire, Kizer posted a live video with what appeared to be a handgun and ammunition.
Watching the livestream, a detective heard her talk about giving her brother a BMW, saying she “wasn’t afraid to kill again and making references to a rich white individual,” the complaint says.
The next day, Kizer was arrested at her boyfriend’s house. The boyfriend, who has not been charged, told police he bought the gun for Kizer.
Kizer told him about the shooting the morning after the fire and admitted to taking the BMW, he said.
He said he also witnessed her Facebook Live video in person about shooting a “white dude” and interrupted her filming, telling her not to talk about it.
When Kizer was interviewed, she at first denied knowing Volar, but later said he had helped her “with money and places to stay,” the complaint says.
She told police she was with a friend at Volar’s house and that friend shot him.
A detective then showed her an unspent .380-round found in her residence during a search and said it matched a casing in Volar’s burned house.
After that, Kizer began to cry and said she “had gotten upset” and was “tired” of Volar touching her, so she grabbed the gun from her purse, said she was “going to do it” and pulled the trigger, according to the complaint.
Kizer admitted to starting the fire, saying she was inspired by the TV show “Criminal Minds,” and fled out of a window, the complaint says.
On Thursday, a Kenosha police spokesman said the department was still investigating the relationship between Kizer and Volar.
“It was not a random incident,” Lt. Tim Schaal said. “They had a history of prior contacts with each other.”
The fire was reported one day after Kizer appeared in Milwaukee County court to plead guilty to felony fleeing in a different case.
A Milwaukee police officer tried to pull over a stolen car last August. The car did not stop and the officer used StarChase, a GPS tag fired from the squad, to track the stolen car.
The officer caught up to the car on North Holton Street near West Capitol Drive and saw Kizer and two juvenile males getting out of the car, according to a criminal complaint filed in that case.
The officer, who was familiar with Kizer from previous encounters, arrested her the next day at home. Kizer admitted to driving the car and fleeing from police, but claimed she didn’t know the car was stolen, the complaint says.
But she did admit to being involved in about 20 car thefts targeting Jeeps on Milwaukee’s south side, according to the complaint.
Kizer is set for sentencing in that case on June 27. She had been free on $400 bail on that case since September. Her attorneys in that case and the Kenosha case did not immediately respond to interview requests Thursday.
Kizer is due back in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in the homicide case.
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