"It's always significant to get into somebody's head prior to something happening." That's what Steven Colver's defense attorney Dain Weiner said after his client was grilled on the witnessed by the prosecution Friday.
El Dorado County prosecutor Lisette Suder was trying to establish during her cross-examination that Colver is a liar and was terrified that he was going to prison for having sex with then 14-year-old Tylar Witt. Suder even tried to attribute Colver's alleged stomach flu the day he found out Joanne Witt was going to have statutory rape charges filed against him -- to anxiety and nerves.
In an attempte to try and shake a very calm and collected Colver, Suder showed crime scene photos of Witt's bloodied head and slit throat.
"They're not pretty photos, they're not pretty photos and I think that's one of the effects that Miss Suder looking for. She wanted to get a reaction by showing him a gruesome photo, and I think anybody looking at that would get upset. It's not pretty," said Weiner.
Colver said when he arrived at the Witt's El Dorado Hills home on June 11th, 2009, Tylar met him in the front yard clutching a bloody knife. Tylar Witt, who has already struck a plea deal in the case, insists that it was Colver who stabbed her mother to death.
On Thursday, trace DNA evidence was introduced that showed a male touched Joanne Witt's body the night she was murdered. Colver says the reason his DNA was on Joanne's body was because he wanted to check and see if she was dead.
"I would much rather have her alive," Colver testified, "I didn't want to believe what Tylar was telling me."
The case will likely be handed over to the jury on Tuesday afternoon. There is one more witness scheduled and then both the defense and prosecution will deliver their closing arguments.