Assistant State Public Defender Herman A. Carson has asked Judge Fred W. Crow III to reduce Rizer’s bond from a $500,000 cash bond to a $1 million personal recognizance bond and a $250,000 appearance bond, and has asked that a 10 percent, or $25,000 cash bond, be permitted in order to facilitate her release from jail, where she has been housed since her arrest on the day of her husband’s death.
According to Carson’s memoradum in support of the bond modification, Rizer has no past criminal record, and would stay with her sister in Canal Winchester until the trial is concluded or the case is otherwise closed.
Rizer is accused of shooting her husband, Kenneth Rizer, Sr., at their Lovett Road home near Portland on April 3. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
If convicted, Rizer could face a possible sentence of life without parole, life with parole eligibility after 20 years, 25 years or 30 years. The indictment against Rizer also contains a firearms specification, adding a mandatory three-year sentence in addition to any other sentence, if she is convicted.
Her trial is set for August.