Chris Watts, the man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters is facing 9 felonies. Court papers have revealed that Watts was involved in an affair and is claiming his wife strangled their daughters.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Investigators will release five hours of audio Thursday from their most recent interview with Christopher Watts, the Colorado dad serving three life sentences after admitting to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters last year.
Watts provided more details about the crime to investigators in a Feb. 18 interview with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI and Frederick Police Department, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation news release.
The lawyer for the parents of his wife, Shanann Watts, appeared on an episode of “Dr. Phil” on Tuesday, revealing to the celebrity television host that his clients told him Christopher Watts gave a full confession.
Though the lawyer shared some information and details of the killings with Dr. Phil, the full audio files and the investigation bureau’s report won’t be released until Thursday.
Through an open records release, the Coloradoan, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, on Thursday morning will obtain and provide coverage of:
- Two audio files totaling about five hours
- Images of Christopher Watts
- A Colorado Bureau of Investigation report
- A letter from Colorado Department of Public Safety Executive Director Stan Hilkey
According to the show, Shanann’s parents were only briefed by investigators and had not yet seen or heard the full evidence. The Coloradoan will not report details of the killings until they are confirmed by a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The details shared on “Dr. Phil” were from a fourth-hand source.
In November 2018, Watts pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body for the murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters in August 2018.
Watts was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences and 84 additional years in prison Nov. 19.
At Watts’ sentencing, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke invited Watts to come forward at some point and reveal how and why he committed these murders.
“And I don’t think he’ll ever answer those questions,” Rourke said during a news conference after the sentencing. “Like I said in the courtroom … I don’t think he will ever tell us. I don’t think he will give an honest assessment of why he did what he did; how he did what he did.”
Watts’ parents also said in statements to the court during the sentencing hearing they hoped he would someday come forward with the truth about what happened to Shanann, Bella, Celeste and unborn baby Nico.
“I think those are the questions that will always haunt anyone who was involved in the investigation,” Rourke said during the news conference. “And I don’t think there is ever going to be a satisfactory answer for anyone; not the least of which is the Rzucek family (Shanann’s family).”
Chris Watts reportedly confessed to killing his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters
9NEWS, Fort Collins Coloradoan
Watts, 33, was arrested Aug. 15 in Frederick, Colorado, 24 hours after he pleaded for the safe return of his missing wife and two daughters in TV interviews.
Shanann, 34, was reported missing after returning home from a business trip in the early morning hours of Aug. 13.
Shanann’s body was found in a shallow grave Aug. 16 on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of the state’s largest oil and gas drillers where Watts worked. The bodies of Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were found in oil tanks nearby.
Watts told police Shanann strangled their daughters in anger after Watts told her he wanted to separate Aug. 13. He then admitted to strangling Shanann Watts in a fit of rage.
“The spotlight that he tried to shine on Shanann falsely, incorrectly and frankly a flat-out lie, has been corrected,” Rourke said in a news conference after Watts pleaded guilty Nov. 6. “The spotlight shines directly where it belongs – on him.”
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