Man accused of murdering girlfriend, threatening her family in Phoenix

Alexander is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, 20-year-old Taliyah Kizzee.
Alexander is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend, 20-year-old Taliyah Kizzee.(Arizona's Family)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 12:09 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:29 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A 22-year-old Phoenix man is facing charges after allegedly shooting his girlfriend to death and threatening her family members earlier this month. On Nov. 11, police responded around 6:30 p.m. to a shooting call near 27th Avenue and Ocotillo Road. That’s where they found 20-year-old Taliyah Kizzee, who had been shot. She died at the scene. Detectives later identified her boyfriend, 22-year-old Montel Alexander, as a person of interest in the case.

Before the murder, on Nov. 8, police said Alexander showed up at an apartment near 19th and Glendale avenues, threatening to shoot three of Kizzee’s family members and forcing a family friend into a car. Alexander threatened to kill the friend and made them drive around to find his girlfriend, according to court paperwork.

The next day, Alexander reportedly threatened Kizzee’s family again, saying he would shoot them if they didn’t tell him where Kizzee was. Investigators say he also sent threatening messages to his girlfriend’s family on social media. Alexander said he would murder Kizzee and her family if he didn’t find out where she was, police said. Officers later found out Alexander and his girlfriend had broken up because he was controlling and physically abusive, according to court paperwork.

Alexander was found at an apartment near 67th and Glendale avenues on Nov. 17. He was arrested and was booked into jail for aggravated assault, kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, threats, dangerous drugs and assisting a street gang. Police said Alexander had suspected fentanyl pills on him and was part of a gang in south Phoenix.

Authorities say on Tuesday night, while still in jail, Alexander was questioned by detectives about his girlfriend’s murder. In an interview with police, detectives said Alexander admitted to kidnapping the family friend and said he was armed at the time. He’s not allowed to have a gun since he’s a convicted felon. Court documents say he also said his girlfriend was shot and killed on Nov. 11, and he threw the gun on top of a roof. Alexander was then booked on other charges, including homicide.