After three weeks of attorneys telling and re-telling the story of Steven “Boston” Colver and Tylar Marie Witt, Colver was finally called to the witness stand Thursday to testify in his own defense.
Colver, 21, told jurors that Tylar, his then 14-year-old girlfriend, called him to the house she and her mother shared on the evening of June 11, 2009.
When he arrived, Colver said he was shocked when he saw his lover.
“She was holding a kitchen knife in her right hand and there was a red stain on her right pant leg,” he testified.
Tylar Witt, according to Colver, had just murdered her mother.
“She said, ‘Boston, I did it. I finally did it. My mom is gone forever,’” said Colver.
Colver told jurors that he and Tylar, fearful that their secret relationship had been discovered by authorities, plotted their own suicides during a discussion held on June 11, 2009.
“(Tylar) said we should pull a Romeo and Juliet and kill ourselves,” he said.
When asked by attorney Dain Weiner whether the couple ever discussed killing Joanne Witt, who had filed a statutory rape complaint with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department against Colver, the defendant replied: “Absolutely not.”
Colver said the plan was to simply kill themselves and that committing a major crime like murder would have led to a manhunt.
“If you’re going to kill yourself, the last thing you want is people trying to stop you,” he said.
Instead, Colver arrived at the Witt house and learned that his girlfriend had taken matters into her own hands, he testified.
“I looked at her and asked her, ‘What the hell did you do?’ She said ‘I did the only thing I could do,’” Colver said.
After the killing, Tylar confessed to slaying her mother to protect their relationship, Colver said.
“Tylar collapsed in my arms. She said she did it for us,” he testified.