Christopher Watts Pleads Guilty To Killing Pregnant Wife, Young Daughters

08 November, 2018, 08:53 | Author: Rachel Logan
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A Colorado man, Chris Watts, has pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and daughters.

Yesterday, Shanann's family sat in the front row of the court as they listened to Watts enter his pleas.

Watts appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to all nine counts against him, including five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Shanann Watts' parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, as well as her brother, Frank Rzucek Jr., also attended the hearing and subsequent press conference.

Family friend Ashley Bell said he did not understand why Watts killed his family, describing him as a loving father and his wife as "pretty happy" at the time of her death.

Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and their daughters, Celeste, three, and Bella, four, were reported missing in August.

The girls' bodies were found in oil barrels and Shanann's body was found in a shallow grave nearby. The three bodies were found on property near Roggen owned by Anadarko Petroleum Co., where Watts worked as an operator until August 15.

Investigators discovered Watts was "actively involved in an affair with a co-worker", which he had denied during an earlier interview.

Christopher Watts initially claimed to police after he was arrested that he killed Shanann Watts after she killed their daughters, according to court documents.

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"I do not want to be in the position of making the choice to take his", Rourke said, quoting Sandra.

Within days, Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were recovered. He said the family was strongly against pursuing the death penalty, especially after they discussed the extensive delays in the process in Colorado.

Under Colorado law, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The request to not seek the death penalty came from Shanann Watts' family.

"I know that will never be fully realized because, obviously, the tragedy that sits before us today is the loss of four handsome lives".

When asked how he feels, Rourke said "sick" and "saddened".

"What I can tell you most affirmatively today, by what happened in the courtroom, is the spotlight that he tried to shine on Shanann falsely, incorrectly and frankly a flat out lie has been corrected", Rourke said. "I never wanted to stand up and have a press conference like this".

Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases.

But in his guilty plea, Watts made it clear that he, and not his wife, had killed the girls.

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