Chrystul Kizer, out on a $400,000 bail awaiting trial for murder, arson, and other serious felonies, is facing four new felony charges in Kenosha and a misdemeanor charge in Milwaukee. Chrystul Kizer did not appear today at 1 p.m. as promised, to account for her new felony case consisting of three counts of bail jumping. Kizer’s defense team had scheduled Kizer to surrender herself to intake court, but the 23-year-old accused murderer was a no-show.
New Bail Jumping Charges:
- Prosecutors allege that Kizer violated her bond by committing battery to her boyfriend.
- Prosecutors allege that Kizer violated her bond by committing disorderly conduct.
- Prosecutors allege that Kizer violated her bond by resisting police officers.
- Prosecutors allege that Kizer violated her bond by failing to update the court with her new address.
The two prosecutors on the case, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Zachary Brost, and District Attorney Mike Graveley were in court today at the scheduled time. Kizer’s attorneys were also present. Graveley spoke to Kizer’s attorneys several times and reported back that Kizer was not present. There was a larger than normal presence from Sheriff’s Department Department as Kizer was likely to be taken into custody today.
Each felony count of bail jumping carries with it a maximum sentence of six years in the Wisconsin Prison System if convicted. Milwaukee police arrested Kizer, but she was released at the order of the Milwaukee County DA’s office.
While awaiting Kizer’s appearance, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Heather Iverson heard another case. Around 1:45 pm, a joint decision by the state and defense was made to abandon hope for Kizer’s arrival. Commissioner Iverson held an off-the-record discussion with the parties, agreeing to adjourn the scheduled appearance and allow the $40,000 warrant to remain in place. Kizer is still wanted and could be considered armed and dangerous.
Kizer’s attorney, Jennifer Bias, told KCE that she couldn’t disclose Kizer’s whereabouts and that Kizer couldn’t get transportation for today’s appearance.
Graveley’s office has asked Kizer’s bail amount to be raised to $1,000,000, the same amount that was set by a court commissioner back in 2018. Judge David WIlk lowered to bail to $400,000, which was posted by out-of-state liberal groups. According to Graveley, Judge Wilk has not yet scheduled a hearing date to hear bail arguments.
Kizer was arrested after she got into an argument with her live-in boyfriend, David Melton. Originally, the Milwaukee County DA’s office decided not to issue charges against Kizer, even with her crimes being caught on camera. KCE emailed the embattled Milwaukee DA John Chisholm (D) who ignored our email and instead, charged Kizer with a lone count of disorderly conduct. Melton spent more than five years in prison for two felony convictions of “causing mental harm to a child.” The charges were pled down in Milwaukee Circuit Court from “1st Degree Child Sex Assault – Sexual Contact with Person under Age of 13.” He is a registered sex offender. In January of 2017, a then 41-year-old Melton was caught sexually assaulting his own 11-year-old daughter by his 19-year-old girlfriend. The little girl was molested repeatedly by Melton, but the soft-on-crime Milwaukee County criminal justice system only put him in prison for five years.
The Kenosha County DA’s office wants Kizer’s bond to be reinstated to $1,000,000 saying:
“The defendant’s actions cause concern for both the appearance of the defendant in court, as well as protection of members of the community from serious harm, as the defendant is alleged to have engaged in additional acts of violence subsequent to her release from custody.”
On January 7, 2024, City of Milwaukee Police Officers Joseph Carlson and Ryan Fekete were dispatched to 2453 N. 17th Street, Unit #7, in the City of Milwaukee, County of Milwaukee, for a battery complaint. The original 911 caller was Chrystul Kizer. Kizer, who reported that a male put his hands on her and tried to rape her. Kizer also disclosed that Melton is a child molester. In the background, a male voice could be heard yelling, “stop hitting me”. Kizer would not stop screaming on the call.
Upon arriving on scene, Officers Carlson and Fekete knocked on the door of Unit 7. Kizer opened the door and the officers were immediately met with Kizer and the male resident of the apartment, Melton, arguing. The officers separated Kizer and Melton.
Kizer reported that she recently learned that Melton was a convicted child sex offender and Kizer accused Melton of lying when Melton told Kizer why Melton was on supervision. While on scene, the police attempted to keep Kizer and Melton separated, but Kizer continued to yell and swear at Melton. On multiple occasions Kizer refused police commands to remain separated.
An argument between Kizer and Melton ensued over who owned a cell phone. Kizer claimed the cell phone was hers and attempted to wrestle the cell phone away from Melton. Melton handed the cell phone to police. The cell phone had multiple messages sent to “Chrystul”. When confronted with this information, Kizer said that she does weird shit because she was locked up for two years for killing a pedophile. Kizer denied attempting to snatch the phone from Melton’s hands despite officers just witnessing Kizer do so in their presence.
Melton asks the officers to allow Melton to get his keys and his wallet so that he can leave the residence. As the officers attempted to keep Kizer and Melton separated, Melton was confrontational multiple times with the police. At one point, Kizer was moving a tote with a baseball bat inside of it. Kizer told Melton, “go get your shit before I hit you with this mother fucking bat”. The police warned Kizer that if Kizer engaged in any further threats of violence, Kizer would go to jail.
Melton could not find his car keys in the residence. Melton believed that the last place he had his car keys was inside of his jeans. During this time, Kizer continued to use abusive and profane language against Melton. The police repeatedly instructed Kizer to calm down and relax, as Kizer was repeatedly yelling at the police. The police warned Kizer again, that if Kizer continued to yell and act belligerently, Kizer would be arrested and go to jail.
Throughout the entire encounter, Officers Carlson and Fekete worked to diffuse the situation and keep Kizer away from Melton.
As Melton continued to look for his car keys to leave, Melton and the police started examining Kizer’s belongings that were in a tote container. In response, Kizer lunged at Melton and attempted to strike Melton in the face directly in front of police. After receiving multiple warnings from police, and continuing to engage in abusive conduct in front of police, ultimately culminating in swinging at another human being in the direct presence of police, Kizer was placed under arrest.
As Kizer was being arrested, Kizer physically resisted police and used Kizer’s body weight to go down to the ground and resist. The officers yelled for Kizer to put her hands behind her back as Kizer continued to resist.
Thereafter, Kizer called out for Melton, asking for help and referring to Melton as her husband. Kizer continued to yell out Melton’s name as Kizer was being removed from the apartment building, all of which caused a disturbance within the building. Once outside, a citizen witness intervenes and tells Kizer that she needs to calm down and the police will not be able to help Kizer if she continues to yell at the police.
After Kizer was arrested, Officer Carlson interviewed Melton. Melton disclosed that Kizer repeatedly struck and scratched Melton without consent on the above date, at the above location. Melton also reported that Kizer threw a chair at Melton resulting in Melton sustaining an injury to Melton’s leg. Officer Carlson observed injuries on Melton’s body consistent with Melton’s report.