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Prosecutors Asking for Inked Footprints from Chris Watts in Triple-homicide Investigation

September 19, 2018

Prosecutors who have accused Christopher Watts, right, of killing his pregnant wife and children are asking the court to order him to provide inked footprints, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Prosecutors who have accused a Frederick man of killing his pregnant wife and children are asking the court to order him to provide inked footprints, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke wrote in the motion that the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has “developed possible bare foot impressions” from “items of evidence.”

The items of evidence are not described in the motion, but Rourke does say they were collected at the scene where police found the bodies of 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her children, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

Christopher Watts, 33, was arrested shortly after they were reported missing and is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

The three bodies were found at property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Company, where Watts worked as an operator until Aug. 15, the day he was arrested.

An agent from CBI used a normal latent print process for nonporous items to develop the impressions, according to court documents.

The prosecution has also filed a motion requesting prints of Watts’ palms and his fingerprints, as well as digital photographs of his hands.

Watts’ defense attorneys have objected to the request, saying that government requests for the defendant to provide evidence are “subject to constitutional limitations.”

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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