Colorado Man Says Saw Wife Strangle Daughters, Then Killed Her In Rage


Press held Monday conference in case of Colorado man accused of killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters.

According to the affidavit, Christopher Watts told police that he went into a rage and strangled Shanann Watts only after seeing her doing the same to their children via a baby monitor.

Shanann Watts' body was found in a shallow grave on Anadarko property - near the oil wells were her daughters were found. Chris Watts was sacked from Anadarko shortly before he was arrested.

His children's bodies were found submerged in oil tanks, while his wife's body was recovered from a shallow grave nearby, according to court documents obtained by CBS News. The bodies of 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were later found inside oil tanks near their mother's grave.

Shanann had arrived home from a business trip in Arizona around 2 a.m., and later that morning, Watts said he told her he wanted to separate.

Chris Watts has claimed Shanann Watts killed the children after he asked for a separation and he in turn strangled her in a rage, according to an arrest affidavit.

Following that conversation, according to the affidavit, Chris Watts made the claim that his wife had killed their daughters and that he had subsequently killed her, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Watts told detectives he had disposed of the bodies by loading them into his pick-up truck and driving them to the field.

Chris Watts, 33, was apprehended after the bodies of his wife Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant with a boy, and two daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, were found by police. "It's affected us all whether you do know them or don't know them". Watts was charged Monday with first-degree murder in three deaths. Under Colorado law, "after deliberation" means that Watts not only intended to kill his family, but opted to commit the homicides after he took time to reflect on his decision to do so.

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Watts, at first, claimed during police interviews that he and his wife discussed the possibility of getting a separation, and everything was fine. Watts first described the conversation with Shannan as civil but later told police that "they were both upset and crying" and she planned to go to a friend's house that day, the court papers said.

Prosecutors have said they would ask a court to unseal the warrant for Christopher Watts' arrest after filing charges.

He also faces three counts of tampering with a body and a count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy, said Weld County District Attorney Michael J. Rourke. As CrimeOnline previously reported, a friend of Shanann's who appeared on Good Morning America on Monday morning said that Shanann was concerned about the possibility her husband was having an affair.

He is due back in court next Tuesday to learn his formal charges.

A friend became anxious that Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, wasn't responding to texts or phone calls, and called police to conduct a well-being check on August 13.

Atkinson said she contacted Chris Watts, but he didn't seem as anxious as she thought he should be. "I just want them back".

Chris Watts walks into a Weld County courtroom on Thursday. "She wasn't here. The kids weren't here".

In an interview with CNN affiliate KMGH on August 14 - after his family disappeared but before his arrest - Watts said he wanted his family back home.