Tylar Witt Murders Mother

Tylar Witt was a fourteen year old teen killer from California who along with her boyfriend would murder her mother Joanne Witt

According to court documents fourteen year old Tyler Witt was dating was dating nineteen year old Steven Paul Colver. Needless to say Tyler’s mother Joanne Witt had issues with the relationship and wanted her daughter to end things with Colver

Instead of ending the relationship Tylar Witt and Steven Colver would plan the murder of Joanne Witt

On the day of the murder Tylar Witt would give her mother a glass of water that was dosed with a large amount of sleeping pills. Once Joanne Witt would fall asleep the woman would be stabbed over twenty times with a butcher knife

Tylar Witt would be arrested, plead guilty and sentenced to fifteen years to life

Tylar Witt would be released on parole on August 26, 2022

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Tylar Witt Case

On June 15, 2009, Joanne Witt was found stabbed to death in her California home. Sheriff’s deputies in El Dorado Hills discovered her body in bed, covered by a blanket and lying on blood-soaked sheets. Witt had reportedly been stabbed at least 20 times.

As a murder investigation ensued, authorities learned the woman was living with her 14-year-old daughter, Tylar Witt, and the girl’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Steven Colver. But the teens were nowhere to be found when the grim discovery was made.

A manhunt was launched in search of the teenage couple, but was there enough evidence to determine whether they were capable of murder?

This case is the focus of the Monday, Sept. 11 episode of People Magazine Investigates, titled “Star Crossed Lovers.” The episode airs on Investigation Discovery (ID) at 9/8c and streams on Max.

According to past reporting by PEOPLE, Joanne was murdered after she complained to police that Colver had committed statutory rape.

The 47-year-old mother opposed the four-month long relationship — which she had initially been told was just a friendship — after learning it had become sexual.

Things shifted once Tylar and Steven began using drugs together, including marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, the documents state, per the outlet.

“[Joanne] wanted [Steven] away from her daughter,” prosecutor Lisette Suder told CBS News. “But they couldn’t stand the thought of not being together.”

Tylar claimed Steven had a significant influence on her.

“He told me that he loved me and I realized that I felt the same way about him,” Witt said, per ABC News. “If he told me to jump off a bridge, I would have done it.”

The young lovers fled and were eventually taken into custody days later. However, they blamed each other for Joanne’s death, leaving investigators with more questions than answers.

People Magazine Investigates: Star Crossed Lovers airs on Investigation Discovery (ID) and streams on Max Monday, Sept. 11 at 9/8c.


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Steven Colver, the man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s mother, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His girlfriend, Tylar Witt, was also sentenced to life in prison, but with the possibility of parole in 15 years.

Colver and Witt were convicted of murder on June 15, 2011 in the 2009 killing of Joanne at her home in El Dorado Hills.

The hearing started at 2 a.m. and was attended by several family members of the two. Before the sentence was announced, the judge gave family members the chance to speak. Joanne’s brother, Michael Witt, said he hopes prison bestows the worst possible experience for Colver. His statements brought Colver’s mother to tears.

When the sentence was read Colver sat expressionless and was led out of the courtroom.

Joanne’s father also made a statement to Colver. He spoke to Tylar as well calling her a murderer who made terrible decisions that she has to pay for. He said he hopes she pursues college classes and someday contributes to society.

Tylar took the stand and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which was the sentence offered for testifying against Colver. Because Tylar was 14 at the time of the killing, her attorney requested she be sent to California Youth Authority, but the judge denied the request.

Prosecutors say Colver stabbed Joanne Witt because he was afraid he’d go to jail after she reported him for statutory rape over his relationship with her then-14-year-old daughter.

After the murder, the pair fled to San Francisco and, in journals, compared themselves in journals to Romeo and Juliet, even trying to kill themselves with rat poison.

Witt testified against Colver.


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