Shelby County Woman Charged with Murder and DUI

Amanda Rhoden Kizzire, 31, is facing charges that include murder, driving under the influence, and reckless driving, after she was involved in a head on crash that killed a motorcyclist last Friday on U.S. Highway 31 in Chilton County.  Kizzire had her initial appearance in Chilton County District Court on Tuesday after police issued an arrest warrant Monday on a murder-reckless charge stemming from the crash.

The incident took place on September 6th when Kizzire’s SUV collided with David Thomas Bryant, 35, who was driving a motorcycle.  Although the wreck happened inside Chilton County, the portion of road near the wreck is patrolled by the Calera Police Department within the city of Calera’s jurisdiction.   Deven Heathcock, who is an investigator with the department’s homicide unit, reported that Kizzire was traveling northbound in the southbound lane” when she collided with Bryant.  David Bryant was killed at the scene and Kizzire was transported to UAB hospital to be treated for injuries.  She was released later that day.

Kizzire was arrested and brought to the Chilton County jail where she is currently being held on bonds totaling over $150,000.  Her preliminary hearing has been set for September 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Chilton County Courthouse.

C.J. Robinson of the Chilton County District Attorney’s office said the investigation is still ongoing and further details could be released at this time.