Watts reaches plea deal in murders of wife, two daughters & unborn son

Chris Watts has reached a plea deal and has entered a guilty plea on all counts related to the murders of his wife and children in August.

In exchange for Watts pleading guilty, the death penalty has been eliminated from consideration, the Weld County District Attorney’s office said.


The Frederick man entered guilty pleas on all nine counts he faced and D.A. Michael Rourke says it was made clear to Watts that he will serve consecutive life sentences.

Shanann Watts’ family was present for Monday’s developments in District Court, developments that come after a status hearing on the case was moved up two weeks.

Watts was arrested four days after telling authorities his pregnant wife and daughters, Celeste and Bella, were missing.


The girls’ bodies were found in oil tanks on an Anadarko site in northeastern Weld County. Shanann’s body was found in a shallow grave on the same site.

Rourke says life sentences for the three murders weren’t going to be negotiated down by his office.

Watts pleaded guilty to five counts of murder in the first degree, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body and one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy, prosecutors said.

His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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