DENVER – a Colorado man told the police that he killed his pregnant wife in a “rage” when he discovered that she was strangled and their two daughters after he sought a divorce, according to an arrest affidavit released on Monday shortly after the prosecutors charged the man with his family murders.
According to the affidavit, Christopher Watt, told his wife, Shanann, that he wanted a divorce when she came back from a business trip early in the morning of Aug. 13.
Watts told the police that he walked down after the end of the conversation.
When he returned to the couple’s bedroom, Watt said he checked a baby monitor on Shanann the bedside table and saw his wife standing in their youngest daughter as their oldest daughter sprawled out on her bed, looking blue.
Watts, 33, said he then, “went into a rage” and strangled his wife.
He told the police that he loaded all three bodies in his work truck, and he buried his wife in an oil-works to the site and dumped the remains of the 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste in oil tanks.
A judge on Friday denied a request from the lawyer, James Merson, to require the coroner to collect DNA from the necks of the children.
Autopsies have been completed but not released.
The arrest affidavit was completed on plaintiffs ‘ request until Monday. After nine felony charges were filed against Watts, a judge granted plaintiffs ‘ request to unseal.
Watts faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of killing a child, one count of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
The charges come a week after a friend reported Shanann Watts, 34, and the girls miss.
Before his arrest last week, Christopher Watts complained in the interviews with the local tv stations about the missing of his wife and daughters. He spoke in front of their house in Frederick, a small town on the grassy plains north of Denver, where fast-growing subdivisions mixed with oil rigs and oil-wells.
The bodies were found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of Colorado’s biggest oil and gas drillers, where Watts had worked as a operator. Court documents submitted by Merson said that the girls had been submerged in crude oil for four days.
The statement said Watts gave the police an aerial view of the area and identified three areas on which he placed the bodies. The researchers made use of a drone to search the area and saw a sheet that corresponds with other linens found in the parental home, together with fresh dirt.
Watts is being held without bail and will next appear in court on Tuesday.
Family and friends said they were shocked by the slaughter, says the family seemed happy, and Christopher Watts turned out to be a good father. The social media accounts for Shanann Watts, who was from North Carolina, are filled with photos of the family, laugh and play, and messages praising her man, and expressing excitement about the couple expect their third child.
But in June 2015 bankruptcy filing caught a photo of the family in dealing with financial pressures.