Colorado man who is accused of murder of the pregnant woman, daughters
Court documents reveal the bodies of two young girls were found submerged in oil; Jeff Paul reports.
Christopher Watt, a Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and his two daughters last week, was charged Monday with five murders.
Watts, 33, was charged with nine felony counts, including three first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Shanann, 34, and two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
The Welding of the District Attorney’s Office also charged Watts with two counts of murdering a child, one count of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
Christopher Watt, 33, was charged with nine felony counts, including three first-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Shanann, 34, and two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
(Weld County Sheriff’s Office)
The bodies of Watts’ wife and daughters were found Thursday, three days after they were reported missing from their home in Frederick, north of Denver, on Aug. 13.
Shanann’s body was found in a shallow grave near an oil tank on property owned by the oil and gas company where her husband had worked. The bodies of Bella and Celeste were found immersed in oil tanks near their mother’s grave, authorities said.
THE BODY OF SHANANN WATTS WAS FOUND IN A SHALLOW GRAVE, THE COURT SAYS DOCUMENT
Watts was Wednesday arrested in connection with his relatives death. A day before, he told reporters he missed his wife and children and hope for their safe return.
The officials have information about a possible motive in the alleged murders.
The body of Shanann Watts, 34, was found in a shallow grave near an oil tank on property owned by the oil and gas company where her husband had worked.
(Colorado Bureau of Investigation)
Years before the alleged murders, the Watts family is struggling with financial problems, and were overwhelmed by debt when they moved from North Carolina to Colorado. They filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July 2015, claiming liabilities of more than $400,000, The Denver Post reported.
The couple had a combined income of $90,000 in 2014, but faced with tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt, student loans and medical bills.
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Watt had just started his job as an operator for Anadarko Petroleum and reportedly earned $61,500. Shannan Watt worked at a call center in a children’s hospital, earning $18 per hour.
She said in the bankruptcy filing that their almost $3000 per month mortgage and $600 in monthly payments, formed the largest part of their $4,900 in monthly costs.
A photo of Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella, 4, left, and Celeste, 3, is displayed on a makeshift memorial in Frederick, Colorado on Thursday.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
Shanann told family members in June, she was pregnant with her third child, a boy with whom they plan to name Nico.
According to her brother Frankie Rzucek, the soon-to-be, mother-of-three had beaten “all opportunities” to conceive a child, despite the fact that the diagnosis of Lupus.
“It doesn’t matter if her lupus was or if she was pregnant, nothing stopped her to do what needed to be done,” Rzucek wrote on Facebook Friday. “She was very successful and driven.”
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Autopsies for Shanann, Celeste and Bella have been completed, but not released yet.
A judge on Friday denied a request by Watts’ lawyer, James Merson, to require the coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the children. The lawyer of the request and suggested the girls may have been strangled.
Fox News’ Katherine Lam and Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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