Montevallo woman fails to appear in court for jury trial

Published 4:17 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Montevallo woman charged with murder and reckless driving in North Chilton County in 2013 failed to appear in court on Monday for her jury trial.

Amanda Rhoden Kizzire, 32, was scheduled to appear in court Monday morning in front of Chilton County Circuit Judge John Bush for her jury trial, court records show.

An order filed by Bush on Tuesday stated Kizzire failed to appear in court, and Bush forfeited her bond and issued an alias capias or warrant for her arrest.

Due to Kizzire failing to appear, once she is found and arrested, she will remain in jail until her next court appearance, unless the judge decides to release her from jail on bond.

Kizzire was indicted in August 2014 on three charges including murder reckless, driving under the influence, and reckless driving, according to court documents.

The indictment states that Kizzire “recklessly engaged in conduct with manifested indifference to human life and created a grave risk of death to a person and thereby caused the death of David Thomas Bryant.”

The Calera Police Department investigated the crash, which happened at about 5:40 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2013, on Highway 31 just north of Chilton County Road 95. The crash involved a motorcycle and an SUV.

Calera Police Sgt. Deven Heathcock, an investigator in the department’s traffic homicide unit, said at the time of the crash that Kizzire was traveling on the wrong side of the road when she collided with Bryant, 35, of Jemison, who was driving a motorcycle.

The two collided head-on near County Road 95.

Bryant was killed at the scene, and Kizzire was transported to UAB and treated for minor injuries and released later that day.

The indictment also states Kizzire operated a motor vehicle in Chilton County while under the influence of methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Kizzire was arrested Sept. 9, 2013, and later released from the Chilton County Jail on a $162,500 bond in June 2014. Kizzire’s plea day was originally scheduled Sept. 25, 2014, at 8:30 a.m., but she failed to appear in court due to being hospitalized for a “severe eye injury,” court records show.

Judge Bush filed an order Oct. 9, 2014, rescheduling Kizzire’s plea hearing for Oct. 29, 2014, and the hearing was later delayed until April.

Kizzire had the option in April to plead guilty to the charges or have her case head to trial.