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Tylar Witt testifies against her lover in murder trial

PLACERVILLE, CA - After several delays spanning almost a week, 16-year-old Tylar Witt took the witness stand Wednesday to testify against Steven Colver, her former boyfriend. Both were charged with the 2009 murder of Witt's mother.

Investigators said 47-year-old Joanne Witt was stabbed 20 times at her El Dorado County home in June of 2009. Colver, who was then 19-years-old, had been living on the property, and was romantically involved with the then 14-year-old Witt.

When her mother was found dead, Witt and Colver were arrested in the Bay Area, and charged with murder. Witt pleaded guilty to second degree murder, and will testify against her ex-boyfriend.

On the witness stand, Witt described her relationship with Colver, how it developed and what lead up to the death of her mother.

In a chilling testimony, Witt described the night of Joanne's death:

Teen's stand in El Dorado murder case canceled

PLACERVILLE, CA - Thursday morning, 16-year-old Tylar Witt was scheduled take the stand in an El Dorado County courtroom and testify against her former boyfriend, 21-year-old Steven Colver.

Tylar Witt arrived at the courthouse, but at 9:30 a.m., her court date was canceled.

According to the El Dorado County Superior Court website, the prosecution wants to address issues regarding evidence while Colver's attorney, Dain Weiner, seeks to file motions to exclude new evidence.

Court will resume Tuesday, May 31. It was not clear when Witt would testify.

After the brief court hearing, Weiner said he could not be specific but did say no "deal" was in the works.

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder would not comment.

Steven Colver's dad testifies in murder trial

PLACERVILLE, CA - The father of Steven Colver, who has been charged with killing his girlfriend's mother, said he did not know his son and Tylar Witt were in a sexual relationship.

Richard Colver testified Wednesday morning in El Dorado County Superior Court. He said he sold the family's El Dorado Hills home in the summer of 2009 and that is when he told his then 19-year-old son to move out. He believed Steven moved in with Witt and her mother, Joanna Witt, in their El Dorado Hills home in March or April of that year.

El Dorado prosecutors claim Steven Colver fatally stabbed Joanne Witt on June 11 or 12, 2009, because she was going to report him to authorities for having underage sex with the then 14-year-old Tylar.

Richard Colver said he had met Joanne and Tylar Witt. He said his son called Tylar "Ty" and "little sister."

Defense: Tylar Witt killed her mother

PLACERVILLE, CA - The attorney for Steven Colver says his client didn't kill the mother of his girlfriend. Rather, Joanne Witt's daughter Tylar fatally stabbed her mother and she had threatened her mother with a knife before, said Dain Weiner.

Weiner made the accusation in opening statements Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Colver, charged with first degree murder in the death of Joanne Witt, 47, on June 11 or 12, 2009. Tylar Witt pleaded guilty to the same charge in exchange for a reduced sentence.

The prosecution began by claiming Joanne Witt was killed because her daughter and Colver, her then 19-year-old boyfriend, thought he would go to jail after the mother reported him to authorities for having sex with 14-year-old Tylar.

Media requested Garrido transcripts be unsealed

PLACERVILLE, CA (AP) - A group of media organizations wants a judge to unseal transcripts from the grand jury that indicted the Northern California couple who have pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping Jaycee Dugard.

Karl Olson, a lawyer for news media that include The Associated Press, informed El Dorado County Judge Douglas Phimister this week that he plans to request the documents right after Phillip and Nancy Garrido are sentenced on June 2.

Olson says there is no legal justification for withholding the transcripts once criminal proceedings have concluded.

Dugard was the main witness to appear before the grand jury. Her memoir about the 18 years she spent held by the Garridos is scheduled to be published this summer.

District Attorney Vern Pierson already has asked the judge to not rule right away on the media's request.

Trial of ex-boyfriend in slaying of mother starts

PLACERVILLE, CA - Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Colver, charged with killing his former girlfriend's mother, are set to begin Tuesday, May 17.

The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office has accused Colver, along with Tylar Witt, of killing Witt's mother Joanne Witt, 47, in her El Dorado Hills home June 11 or 12, 2009.

Prosecutors allege Witt and Colver conspired to kill Witt's mother after she threatened to file statuatory rape charges against Colver. He was 19 at the time.

The pair were caught in the Bay Area several days after Joanne Witt's murder was discovered.

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