Man admits to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters

  • Man admits to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters

Man admits to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters

Christopher Watts, 33, pleaded guilty to five counts of murder in the first degree, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body during a court hearing in Colorado on Tuesday. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant at the time.

The family was supportive about not seeking the death penalty, he said.

Watts pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and daughters and allegations that he killed the girls while in a position of trust.

In exchange for Chris Watts' guilty plea, the death penalty will not be considered, the Weld County District Attorney's office said.

Taking a stab at Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who had repeatedly opposed the execution of another death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, Rourke said: 'We explained to them the extraordinary delays that now exist in the state of Colorado as a result of in part the actions of our current governor. Hickenlooper also expressed doubts at the time about the use of the death penalty generally.

According local media, Weld County district attorney Michael Rourke said at a news conference that Shanann Watts' family did not press for the death penalty due to the "extraordinary delays" seen in such cases.

Shanann Watts' mother, father and brother were in court but chose not to speak with the media.

'That to me was the most important consideration in deciding how to proceed in this a case.

"That about as firmly as she could have said it to me", Rourke said.

The Rzucek family watched from a row of chairs, holding hands, as Rourke spoke to reporters but did not speak. Watts is scheduled to be sentenced November 19. Police have said Watts then drove their bodies to an oil site owned by his former employer.

He buried his wife in a shallow grave and stuffed his dead daughters in oil tanks where he worked.

When the bodies were found, Watts changed his story to say his wife killed the girls after he told her he was leaving her.

Rourke said Tuesday that investigators never believed that Watts was being entirely truthful. "The spotlight shines directly where it belongs, on him".

'The spotlight that he tried to shine on Shanann, falsely and incorrectly - a flat out lie - has been corrected.

He pleaded guilty to a total of nine counts for the murders of his wife, two daughters and unborn son less than three months after the crime took place.