Man admits killing pregnant wife and two daughters to avoid death penalty

Man admits killing pregnant wife and two daughters to avoid death penalty

A father who killed his two young daughters then tried his hand at murdering his wife.

Chris Watts, 33, who had murdered his wife Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, on a baby monitor, then went into a relationship with his wife Shannan, who was 15 weeks pregnant.

He pleaded guilty yesterday under a plea deal allowing him to avoid the death penalty and putting him on jail for life without a chance of parole.

After he killed his family, Watts hid the bodies of his daughters in an oil tank where he smelt the smell of their decaying bodies, and buried his wife in a shallow grave.

Christopher and Shannan Watts, pictured with daughters Bella and Celeste. Shannan was 15 weeks pregnant with a baby boy when her husband allegedly murdered her (Picture: Instagram)

One of Shannan's friends became concerned about her whereabouts after hearing them for several days after August 13 and found police.

Watts was arrested on August 16 – after making a TV appearance for the whereabouts of his missing family.

He said their disappearance had left him 'torn up inside' and appealed for 'everybody to just come home.'

Shanann Watts 'family members were short of the death penalty,' Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said.

Christopher Watts pictured at a bond hearing on August 16. (Picture: AP)

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

'Rourke said, quoting Sandra. 'That's about as firm as you could have said it to me.'

Watts' voice was shaking, and he could occasionally be heard sniffing after each time he said 'guilty.'

The agreement also required Watts to plead guilty to unlawful termination of Shanann Watts' pregnancy, a felony in Colorado.

Family members have said they planned to name the boy Nico.

The deal thus ensures that Watts, who is 33, wants to consecutively serve each sentence for the batch and the murders of his wife and daughters.

Rourke said Tuesday that investigators never believed that Watts was wholly truthful.

Shanann – falsely, incorrectly and frankly a flat-out lie – has been corrected, 'Rourke said. 'The spotlight shines directly where it belongs: On him.'

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