Woman facing reckless murder charge to appear in court Sept. 24

Published 12:12 pm Monday, September 21, 2015

A woman facing charges of murder and reckless driving for an incident that occurred in North Chilton County in 2013 is scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing Sept. 24.

Amanda Rhoden Kizzire, 33, who formerly listed an address in Montevallo, but now lists an address in Birmingham, is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. before Chilton County Circuit Judge John B. Bush for a plea hearing.

Kizzire will have the option to inform the court whether her case will go to trial or whether she will enter a guilty plea.

Bush set a new bond of $75,000 for Kizzire on July 23, according to court records.

Kizzire previously failed to appear in court in June for her jury trial.

Bush filed an order in June stating 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 was found and arrested, she would remain in jail until her next court appearance, unless the judge decided to release her from jail.

Court records indicate Kizzire was released from jail on bond July 28.

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.

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