Sentencing for California teen lovers who murdered girl's mother

Sacramento BeeAugust 12, 2011 

Steven Paul Colver and Tylar Marie Witt once vowed in a suicide pact to live together in eternity.

Today, in a Placerville courtroom, they are to be sentenced together in the fatal stabbing of Witt's mother, Joanne M. Witt.

In the culminating act of a sordid courtroom drama on the forbidden love of two teens that led to murder, Colver and Witt are going to be sent away – he for life, she for at least 15 years.

It is unknown if the pair, who likened themselves to Romeo and Juliet in lurid journals after Joanne Witt's murder, will address the court. Mark Ralphs, attorney for Tylar Witt, 16, said "That decision is up to her."

But Norbert Witt, Joanne Witt's father and Tylar's grandfather, will speak about the immense tragedy that rocked his family starting that June day in 2009 when then 14-year-old Tylar called her 19-year-old boyfriend to kill her mother in her bedroom.

Read the complete story at

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service