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Garridos transferred to prison

SACRAMENTO, CA - Jaycee Dugard's kidnappers, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, have been taken into custody this week at the respective state prisons where they will serve their sentences.

The couple, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of the kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual assault, were sentenced June 2.

Phillip Garrido, given a 431-years-to-life term, is now incarcerated at California State Prison-Corcoran in Kings County. He is in a segregated cell but expected to be housed in the facility's protective housing unit, said Terry Thornton with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Nancy Garrido was taken to the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla to serve a 36-years-to-life sentence.

The Garridos had been behind bars at El Dorado County Jail since their arrest in August 2009.

Colver convicted of Joanne Witt's murder

PLACERVILLE, CA - A Placerville jury has found 21-year-old Steven Colver guilty of first degree murder in the slaying of his former girlfriend's mother two year ago.

The jurors also convicted Colver of special allegations of lying in wait, use of deadly weapon and killing a witness to a crime.

Prosecutors alleged Colver fatally stabbed Joane Witt, 47, in her El Dorado Hills bedroom sometime on June 11 or 12, 2009. Colver and Witt's daughter, Tylar Witt, were reportedly afraid Joane Witt would report him to authorities because the two were having a sexual relationship. Tylar Witt was 14 and Colver was 19 at the time.

With hands clasped and head bowed, Colver appeared to take several deep breaths as the verdict was read. He will receive life in prison without the possibility of parole because of the special allegations when he is sentenced Aug. 12.

Jury deliberations lasted less than a day.

Jury reaches verdict in Colver case

PLACERVILLE, CA - The jury has reached a verdict in the Steven Colver murder trial. The verdict will be read at 2:15 p.m.

The 21-year-old is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's mother, Joanne Witt after she learned of his sexual relationship with her then 14-year old daughter.

Witt's daughter, Tylar, accepted a plea deal and testified against Colver. She said he killed her mother.

Prosecutors said male DNA was found under Witt's fingernails.

The defense claims Tylar Witt daughter is mentally unstable and that she drugged her mother and killed her before Colver arrived.

Colver answers questions about Witt's body

PLACERVILLE, CA - Twenty-one-year-old Steven Colver, on trial for the bludgeoning of his ex-girlfriend's mother in her bedroom, took the stand again Friday morning. 

Colver has been charged with first degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Joanne Witt. She was stabbed to death in her El Dorado Hills home in June 2009.

Colver was crossed examined on the stand for nearly two hours on a range of issues leading up to June 11, 2009, the night Joanne Witt was murdered. 

During that examination by El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder, Colver kept a calm voice and demeanor during most of his answers. 

However, he showed signs of hesitation and fatigue when the questions got to the topic of how he found Witt's body, and why he went to touch her knee as she lay lifeless on the bed. 

OJ Simpson attorney aids defense in Colver-Witt murder case

PLACERVILLE, CA - The Steven Colver murder trial took a break from witness testimony Wednesday morning, as an El Dorado County Superior Court judge heard arguments whether new DNA evidence should, or should not, be admitted in the case. 

Robert Blazier, a member of the OJ Simpson legal "dream team," was there to assist Colver's defense attorney, Dain Weiner. Blazier is an expert on DNA testimony.

Prior to the 9:30 a.m. hearing with Judge Daniel Proud, neither the defense nor prosecution would specify the evidence. The hearing was closed to everyone except the defense and prosecution, and jurors were not present to hear the arguments put before Proud.

Live stream outside the courthouse where the Garridos are being sentenced

Garridos face sentencing for Dugard kidnapping

PLACERVILLE, CA - One month after they pleaded guilty in the kidnapping case of Jaycee Dugard, Phillip and Nancy Garrido will hear Thursday morning from an El Dorado County judge exactly how long they will spend behind bars. The sentences are expected to span the majority, if not all, of both Phillip and Nancy's lives.

The Garridos each entered guilty pleas in the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard while she was out walking near her family's home in South Lake Tahoe.  At the time, Dugard was 11 years old. 

Considered dead by many, Dugard was found in August of 2009 after a campus police officer at Cal-Berkley helped uncover Garrido's crime, when he came on campus to try and give a religious service.  During that trip, Garrido brought two young girls with him.  Garrido was stopped by the officer, and questioned.