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July 21, 2019

Chris Watts pleads guilty to killing wife and two daughters

November 7, 2018
Chris Watts pleaded guilty to all nine charges against him Tuesday. (Pool / DP)

Chris Watts, the Colorado man accused of murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a deal that will prevent him from receiving the death penalty.

An emotional Watts pleaded guilty to all nine charges against him, including five counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy.

The 33-year-old has been in custody since Aug. 15, when he was arrested in connection with the deaths of wife Shan’ann, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

Prosecutors said Shan’ann’s family agreed to Tuesday’s plea deal.

Shan’ann, who was 15 weeks pregnant with a baby boy to be named Nico, returned home from a business trip Aug. 13 and vanished shortly after.

Shan'ann Watts was killed in August along with daughters Bella and Celeste.
Shan’ann Watts was killed in August along with daughters Bella and Celeste. (Handout)

Watts made the media rounds in the wake of her disappearance and pleaded for her safe return, though he later admitted to his role in the killing in interviews with police.

According to an arrest affidavit, Watts told investigators that he informed Shan’ann earlier in the night that he wanted a separation.

He then claimed that he saw Shan’ann strangling Celeste on a baby monitor, and when he went upstairs, he also saw Bella blue and “sprawled” on her bed. Watts said he then strangled Shan’ann to death in a “rage.”

Shan’ann’s body was found in a shallow grave the day after Watts’ arrest, while the bodies of Bella and Celeste were found in oil tanks located on property owned by Watts’ former employer.

Autopsy reports for Shan’ann and her daughters remain sealed.

Watts is set to be sentenced Nov. 19.

With Wire News Services

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