Colorado man pleads guilty to murdering pregnant wife and two daughters

Christopher Watts Arraignment Hearing in Murder Of Wife And Children

Christopher Watts Arraignment Hearing in Murder Of Wife And Children

A man accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters has pleaded guilty in court.

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.

In exchange for Chris Watts' guilty plea, the death penalty will not be considered, the Weld County District Attorney's office said.

Chris Watts, 33, pleaded guilty to the nine charges, including first-degree murder. But he said: "I know that will never be fully realized, because the tragedy that sits before us today is the loss of four handsome lives".

As part of the sentencing agreement, Watts will spend the rest of his life in prison for the first-degree murder charges.

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

Mr Rourke said he flew to North Carolina a few weeks ago to discuss the possible agreement with relatives of Shannan Watts and they signed off on removing the death penalty option.

He recalled her mother, Sandra, saying Christopher Watts "made the choice" to take the lives of his family members.

Taking a stab at Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who had repeatedly opposed the execution of another death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, Rourke said: 'We explained to them the extraordinary delays that now exist in the state of Colorado as a result of in part the actions of our current governor.

Police said Watts admitted to murdering his wife but claimed he killed her because she strangled their children.

After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and told reporters how much he missed them.

Watts told police he went into a rage and strangled his wife, according to the affidavit.

Because the girls bodies were in oil for three days before they were found, any DNA evidence left on them is likely to have been compromised. The district attorney said he thinks authorities have a partial motive for the killings.

Investigators said Watts in August killed his 34-year-old wife, Shanann, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, before dumping their bodies on property belonging to an oil company where he worked.

"The spotlight he tried to shine on Shanann, falsely, incorrectly.is now shined correctly on him", Rourke said.

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