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'Juliet' Teen, Tylar Witt, Testifies that 'Romeo' Boyfriend Killed Mom

Photos[dot]com/Jupiterimages(EL DORADO HILLS, Calif.) -- During courtroom testimony, Tylar Witt said that as a 14-year-old, she and her then-19-year-old boyfriend, Steven Colver, considered themselves a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

When her mother, Joanne Witt, threatened to have Colver charged with statutory rape, she testified, they concluded that like Shakespeare's doomed lovers they might have to die because of their passions.

But instead of killing themselves, Tylar Witt testified Wednesday and Thursday, they hatched a plot to kill her 47-year-old mother while she slept -- and Colver allegedly went into the mother's El Dorado Hills, Calif., bedroom to carry it out on June 12, 2009, as she stood outside the door.

A lawyer for Colver, now 21, has suggested Tylar Witt, not Colver, did the killing.

However, prosecutors maintain Colver stabbed Joanne Witt at least 20 times, eventually killing her with a slash to the throat.

Witt, now 16, said that, at one point, her mother begged Colver to stop. Once there was silence, Colver emerged from the bedroom with blood-soaked pants and a single teardrop under his eye.

The couple met in December 2008 at a local coffee shop, she said, adding that the relationship quickly developed. Witt's mother initially approved of Colver, allowing him to move into the family home, however, things quickly changed as the two began using drugs and their relationship turned sexual, Witt said. Witt's mother would eventually kick the boy out and forbid the relationship.

Joanne Witt opened a statutory complaint against Colver. She took her daughter's diary and gave it to police. It is after this action, Witt said, that the plot to eliminate her mother was initiated.

Colver faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of first degree murder.

Witt plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and will be eligible for parole at the age of 29.

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