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2step
06-16-2009, 06:40 PM
Mods, if this was posted elsewhere, please delete. Thanks!

http://edhtelegraph.com/detail/116951.html

Law enforcement officials have released the identity of the woman whose body was found in her El Dorado Hills home on Monday as 47-year-old Joanne M. Witt. They have also issued arrest warrants for her daugther, 14-year-old Tylar Witt, and her daughter's boyfriend, 19-year-old Steven "Boston" Colver.

http://www.fox40.com/news/headlines/ktxl-news-murder0616,0,2499691.story video at link

oceanblueeyes
06-18-2009, 12:18 PM
http://www.abc3340.com/news/stories/0609/632893.html

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. - A 14-year-old girl and her boyfriend were arrested Wednesday as suspects in the murder of the girl's mother, who was found stabbed in her northern California home, authorities said. Tylar Witt and Steven Colver, 19, were taken into custody by San Bruno police at a Red Lobster restaurant about 15 miles south of San Francisco, said El Dorado County Sheriff's Department Capt. Craig Therkildsen.

Tom'sGirl
06-18-2009, 12:32 PM
More info. with photos
http://www.smh.com.au/world/girl-14-and-boyfriend-arrested-over-mothers-death-20090618-cj3s.html

January.
06-18-2009, 12:39 PM
Another parent killed for trying to protect her daughter from dating someone dangerous. It's so sad.

Tonia
06-22-2009, 07:12 PM
Teen Accused Of El Dorado Murder Pleads Not Guilty
14-Year-Old Suspect May Be Tried As Adult

Steven Colver made his first court appearance this afternoon and entered the not guilty plea. On Friday, the El Dorado County District Attorney filed murder charges against him with a special allegation that he used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife. Today, the District Attorney's office said they would not be filing statutory rape charges against Colver because the key witness, Tylar's mother, is now dead.

Colver made his court appearance just hours after Tylar made her first appearance in juvenile court this morning.

In a rare move, the public including CBS13 reporter David Begnaud, was allowed in the courtroom despite the fact that it was a juvenile hearing.

Witt was in a jail issued jumpsuit shackled at her waist and ankles, her hair now bluish-black, when she came into court. David described her as polite and energetic when she told the judge her name was Tylar Marie Witt. The judge remanded Witt back to juvenile detention.

While the counts against Witt were not read aloud in juvenile court, the judge did say she is facing 25 years to life in prison if she is convicted. CBS13 has learned Witt is being charged with murder. She is also facing charges from two previous alleged crimes, one count of battery of her mother and one count of possession of stolen property.
El Dorado County prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge a 14-year-old girl as an adult in the slaying of her mother.

Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder says the life sentence could be imposed if Witt is eventually tried and convicted as an adult. Witt's attorney, Mark Ralphs, declined comment.

http://cbs13.com/local/tylar.witt.court.2.1054402.html

Sal
06-22-2009, 08:17 PM
Wonder if either of them have come to realize that maybe, just maybe, it wasn't really worth it.

dgfred
06-23-2009, 10:37 AM
Assaulted in May, killed in June... how sad.

MomofBoys
06-23-2009, 10:57 AM
For Tylar, the worst punishment will come later, I think. She's be separated from this guy she believes is the sun and the moon and the stars and then once the initial "love" euphoria fades, the guilt will fall down on her hard. Or at least I hope so. If she's not a sociopath, she'll spend the rest of her life horrified by her actions, even if that awareness will have to wait for maturity.

dgfred
06-23-2009, 11:38 AM
For Tylar, the worst punishment will come later, I think. She's be separated from this guy she believes is the sun and the moon and the stars and then once the initial "love" euphoria fades, the guilt will fall down on her hard. Or at least I hope so. If she's not a sociopath, she'll spend the rest of her life horrified by her actions, even if that awareness will have to wait for maturity.

You are right. So difficult nowadays to raise children right anyway. Seems like the old 'parent doesn't want me with the guy, so I'm gonna do it anyway' syndrome. You know what is right and what you have to do, but the youngsters sometimes turn you into the villian.

MeoW333
09-29-2009, 04:24 PM
http://cbs13.com/local/el.dorado.hills.2.1214190.html

The two murderers may be tried together now..

dgfred
09-29-2009, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the update.

MeoW333
09-29-2009, 04:52 PM
Your welcome =)

Fairy1
09-29-2009, 11:50 PM
The boy may very well to be primarily to blame, but it's interesting to me that so many posters are quick to blame him and not the girl. IDK what happened, but teenaged girls are tough - even under the best of circumstances. This girl was arrested for abusing her own mother just prior to the murder. IMO, she was no innocent being led around by the nose by her BF. It may turn out that she was the mastermind in this tragic case. I guess we shall see, but I'm glad to see they'll be tried together. Whatever set this crime in motion, they were most likely both in it up to their eyeballs.

oceanblueeyes
09-30-2009, 09:35 AM
The boy may very well to be primarily to blame, but it's interesting to me that so many posters are quick to blame him and not the girl. IDK what happened, but teenaged girls are tough - even under the best of circumstances. This girl was arrested for abusing her own mother just prior to the murder. IMO, she was no innocent being led around by the nose by her BF. It may turn out that she was the mastermind in this tragic case. I guess we shall see, but I'm glad to see they'll be tried together. Whatever set this crime in motion, they were most likely both in it up to their eyeballs.

Well as you know Fairy, I am not one of those posters. Imo one of the problems in our justice system is the double standards on how we look at both genders and the criminal acts they are accused of......

I have always found that in cases like this the daughter was the one who was the ringleader who wanted their parent eradicated so they could do what they da*n well wanted to and with whom. This girl certainly was no innocent bystander. She had already assaulted her mother before she was murdered. She probably complained to her B/F that her mother had to be killed so they could be together.

Imo, she was right in the middle of the planning. No doubt imo, she wanted her mother dead and she knew she could get her b/f do see that it was done.

She needs to be punished as much as the boy friend but alas that usually doesn't happen.

imo

Texas Mist
11-18-2009, 02:11 PM
Sex, Drugs & Murder: Tylar Witt Drugged Mom Before El Dorado Hills Killing, Prosecutors Say

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PLACERVILLE, CA - Graphic details emerged Tuesday in the case of Tylar Witt, 14, accused of fatally stabbing her mother inside of their El Dorado Hills home in June.

Tuesday's hearing was part of proceedings to determine whether the teen should be tried as an adult in the murder of Joanne Witt in their Tattinger Court home June 11 or 12.

...

Another detective said that during the course of the investigation, deputies learned Colver and Witt had spiked one of Joanne's alcohol bottles with vicadin so she would fall asleep and they could escape.

The defense argued the toxicology report showed no signs of vicadin in Joanne's body at the time of the autopsy, disproving Tylar's involvement in the actual murder.

The prosecution argued Tylar drugged Joanne, waited for her to fall asleep and allegedly called Colver over to her house where she watched him stab her multiple times before both escaped.

much more here

http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=70490&provider=top

Lovejac
11-18-2009, 02:26 PM
I almost hope she was drugged, poor mom. Then she wouldn't have known who did this to her.

They better try her as an adult! Wonder if each of them will try to blame the other one for the actual stabbing.

ETA: I guess she DID know what was happening :( I found this from the article above.

The fourth witness on the stand, Detective Eric Harnege, said he was one of the responding deputies and noted about 20 stab or incise wounds on Joanne's body: three to her neck, five to her chest, two each on her shoulder and cheek and about seven on her hands.

He said the most significant wound to her neck was over 4 inches long and 2 inches wide. Harnege also said the marks on her hands appeared to be defense wounds

LaWanda
11-18-2009, 02:42 PM
Why is it taking so long to decide to try Tylar as an adult? They just decided in the Olten case today and it's only been a month. This has been about 6 months, right?

JoeFromLB
01-01-2010, 04:17 PM
Tylar Witt will be tried as an adult, is held without bail, and preliminary hearing set for January 7, 2010. She faces a minimum 25 years to life.

http://m.news10.net/news.jsp?key=228786

http://m.news10.net/igen/228786_240x240.JPG

Lovejac
01-02-2010, 02:27 AM
Tylar Witt will be tried as an adult, is held without bail, and preliminary hearing set for January 7, 2010. She faces a minimum 25 years to life.

http://m.news10.net/news.jsp?key=228786

http://m.news10.net/igen/228786_240x240.JPG

GREAT news! Thank you for posting.

Texas Mist
01-07-2010, 02:33 PM
<snipped>


January 7, 2010
DA: Teen lovers tried to hide sex before killing mom

By Peter Hecht

phecht@sacbee.com

Teen lovers Tylar Marie Witt and Steven Paul Colver made plans to get married as they struggled to conceal their sexual relationship from Witt's mother, testimony revealed today as the pair faced a preliminary hearing on murder charges in El Dorado County Superior Court.

....

In a journal authorities said was written by Tylar Witt, the teen detailed her romantic relationship.

"Last night, he repeatedly told me her loved me; that he wanted to marry me," an El Dorado County Sheriff's detective read. After offering details on their sexual relationship, Witt allegedly added, "I don't know how long we can keep our love away from my mother... It's so dangerous. I wish it wasn't though."

Earlier today, Witt's public defender Mark Ralphs sought to bar the preliminary hearing. He charged that prosecutors had committed "misconduct or at the very least gross negligence" in failing to provide toxicology reports to the defense until just a day before the hearing.

Ralphs said the reports confirmed that his client could not have drugged her mother before the murder as prosecutors had alleged.

more here

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/crime/archives/2010/01/da-teen-lovers.html

oceanblueeyes
01-07-2010, 02:54 PM
<snipped>


January 7, 2010
DA: Teen lovers tried to hide sex before killing mom

By Peter Hecht

phecht@sacbee.com

Teen lovers Tylar Marie Witt and Steven Paul Colver made plans to get married as they struggled to conceal their sexual relationship from Witt's mother, testimony revealed today as the pair faced a preliminary hearing on murder charges in El Dorado County Superior Court.

....

In a journal authorities said was written by Tylar Witt, the teen detailed her romantic relationship.

"Last night, he repeatedly told me her loved me; that he wanted to marry me," an El Dorado County Sheriff's detective read. After offering details on their sexual relationship, Witt allegedly added, "I don't know how long we can keep our love away from my mother... It's so dangerous. I wish it wasn't though."

Earlier today, Witt's public defender Mark Ralphs sought to bar the preliminary hearing. He charged that prosecutors had committed "misconduct or at the very least gross negligence" in failing to provide toxicology reports to the defense until just a day before the hearing.

Ralphs said the reports confirmed that his client could not have drugged her mother before the murder as prosecutors had alleged.

more here

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/crime/archives/2010/01/da-teen-lovers.html

Authorities say Witt told a friend that she spiked her mother's drink so she would pass out, and then called Colver to come over to kill her.

Judge Douglas Phimister denied the prosecutorial misconduct motion and allowed the hearing to proceed.

Texas Mist
01-07-2010, 07:01 PM
Jan 7, 2010 3:47 pm US/Pacific
Teen, Boyfriend To Stand Trial For Killing Mom

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif.
An El Dorado County judge has just decided there is enough evidence to try teenagers Steven Culver and Tylar Witt murdering Witt's mother.

Witt's attorney tried to stop the preliminary hearing, accusing the prosecutor of misconduct and gross negligence.


more here

http://cbs13.com/crime/mother.tylar.witt.2.1412018.html

oceanblueeyes
01-07-2010, 07:42 PM
I just had a feeling all along that this girl was the instigator in this terrible murder.

"Authorities say Witt told a friend that she spiked her mother's drink so she would pass out, and then called Colver to come over to kill her.":furious:

imo

Fairy1
01-07-2010, 09:53 PM
I just had a feeling all along that this girl was the instigator in this terrible murder.

"Authorities say Witt told a friend that she spiked her mother's drink so she would pass out, and then called Colver to come over to kill her.":furious:

imo

The little witch. She will regret all of this one day, but it'll be too late.

Texas Mist
02-01-2010, 12:14 PM
Feb 1, 2010 8:50 am US/Pacific
Teen Enters 'Insanity' Plea In Murder Of Mom
Colver Will Not Face Death Penalty

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (CBS/AP) -- An El Dorado County teen accused of killing her mother has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Tylar Witt entered the plea in an El Dorado County court room this morning. Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Steven Colver, who is accused of plotting with Witt to kill her motherm enter a not guilty plea.
....

Tylar Witt is being tried as an adult, but isn't eligible for the death penalty because of her age. Colver will not face the death penalty either, but Prosecutor Lisette Suder said she will seek enhancements that could mean life in prison without parole, if convicted. Suder says they include the special circumstances of lying in wait and killing a witness.

Boyz_Mum
02-01-2010, 01:00 PM
If she called her friend to come over and murder her mother after she allegedly spiked her mother's drink, can that be considered "insanity" in the eyes of the law?

(IMO, it sounds like premeditated murder.)

kbl8201
02-01-2010, 01:03 PM
Feb 1, 2010 8:50 am US/Pacific
Teen Enters 'Insanity' Plea In Murder Of Mom
Colver Will Not Face Death Penalty

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (CBS/AP) -- An El Dorado County teen accused of killing her mother has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Tylar Witt entered the plea in an El Dorado County court room this morning. Her boyfriend, 19-year-old Steven Colver, who is accused of plotting with Witt to kill her motherm enter a not guilty plea.
....

Tylar Witt is being tried as an adult, but isn't eligible for the death penalty because of her age. Colver will not face the death penalty either, but Prosecutor Lisette Suder said she will seek enhancements that could mean life in prison without parole, if convicted. Suder says they include the special circumstances of lying in wait and killing a witness.

what a crock.'
then again.........if she thinks this plea may work.....
she might be crazy after all

PercyVeer
02-01-2010, 02:47 PM
I am so glad my years as parent of a teen girl are over. These teens nowdays do not seem to know what a parent is. We don't exist to pay the bills only ! Then we hear stuff like "you are too controlling, you are ruining my life, teens are supposed to do what they like." What is a parent supposed to do but "control" their own kids? Who is telling these kids what a parent is? argh. Bless the spirit of this poor Mom who did what many do not, and filed that stat rape order, she did her best to protect her child.
We need to start social change in this world and get back on track teaching social standards, not just writing standards, when kids are young, IMO.

LoverOfUnreason
02-01-2010, 05:44 PM
Just like Valessa Robinson, Heather D'Aoust (and many many more)...

These cases are heartbreaking because of how blind these girls are. It never ever should have to resort to murder (im leaving out self-defense: too much of a debate). Its not worth it!

cluciano63
02-18-2010, 02:42 PM
Insanity will not cut it, IMO; juries in US are very reluctant to accept this defense and in the cased of a teenage girl with the older boyfriend, we have seen this type of crime too many times...this girl is not insane, she just wanted what she wanted, part of the instant gratification era gone awry...she may be evil but not insane. I figured the defense would try to use the innocent young girl led astray by the big bad boyfriend she feared etc...but they must have known this wouldn't fly, so insanity was all that was left...IMO it won't work (it had better not...)

JoeFromLB
07-09-2010, 05:46 PM
An El Dorado Superior Court Judge denied a defense motion that would have allowed two teen murder suspects to be tried separately.

http://edhtelegraph.com/detail/152807.html

kbl8201
07-10-2010, 01:01 AM
wow first update in 5 months.

almost forgot all about this one.

Jennerbear
09-19-2010, 05:24 AM
She pled guilty Friday. Honestly - I just pray for her.

JoeFromLB
02-25-2011, 01:49 AM
Trial date delayed in Witt/Colver murder case

http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/trial-date-continued-in-wittcolver-case/

November 19, 2010

The start of suspected killer Steven Colverís trial was delayed by several months Friday morning.


...Citing the recent receipt of 37,000 pages of discovery, defense attorney Dain Weiner filed a motion to have the start of his clientís trial pushed back. It was initially slated to begin in February 2011.

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud chose May 3, 2011, as the new start date with a readiness and settlement conference set for March 4, 2011.


...In September, Tylar Witt, 15, pleaded guilty to her motherís first-degree murder. She also admitted two special circumstances: lying in wait and killing a witness.

Tylar had initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Although she was 14 at the time of the killing, she was going to be tried as an adult. But with Tylarís plea bargain, she will serve 15 years to life if she cooperates with prosecutors.

JoeFromLB
05-23-2011, 03:27 PM
Prosecutor: Colver stabbed girlfriend's mother 20 times

http://www.news10.net/news/article/138151/2/Defense-Tylar-Witt-killed-her-mother

Steven Colver's trial begins. His attorney is blaming the girlfriend, saying she stabbed her mother to death.

chicoliving
06-08-2011, 12:21 AM
21-Year-Old Murder Suspect Expected To Testify

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El Dorado County prosecutors said that Colver killed the mother of his girlfriend as part of a suicide plot for the young lovers to be together forever. The victim had filed a statutory rape complaint against Colver.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case Tuesday.

Colverís defense attorney Dain Weiner said he will challenge DNA evidence in an attempt to prove that Witt, not Colver, committed the killing.

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/28159653/detail.html#ixzz1OefWz8wz

chicoliving
06-10-2011, 12:15 AM
~snip~

On the stand, Colver revealed for the first time publicly that on the night of Joanne Witt's death Tylar called him to her mom's home and confessed to killing her mother.

"She was holding a kitchen knife and there was a red stain on her right pant leg. I was shocked. She said, 'Boston, I did it. I finally did it. My mom's gone forever,'" testified Colver.

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/28182969/detail.html#ixzz1OqKwwh7f

Fairy1
06-10-2011, 01:23 AM
I don't believe one word either one of them say.

Kat
06-15-2011, 12:10 AM
http://blogs.sacbee.com/crime/archives/2011/06/prosecutor-tell.html


June 14, 2011

Closing arguments made in El Dorado Hills murder trial

By Peter Hecht

My mouse is acting odd I can't copy and paste any quotes from this article.

chicoliving
06-15-2011, 11:16 PM
~snip~


It took the jury less than 24 hours of deliberation to come to its decision of finding Colver guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Joanne Witt in 2009.

Colver is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 12.

Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/28249047/detail.html#ixzz1PPBi4oTg

katydid23
01-29-2012, 01:30 AM
Watching this tragic story on 48 Hours. So sad. :rose:

Jules71
07-04-2012, 01:14 AM
Watching this tragic story on 48 Hours. So sad. :rose:

I just watched this episode of 48 hours Mystery. So very sad. I feel bad for the grandparents as well as the boy's mom.