Christopher Watts in Court Today for Slayings of Wife Shanann, Daughters Bella and Celeste

August 21, 2018

Christopher Watts

The Frederick man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters is making his second court appearance this morning.

Christopher Watts, 33, will appear in Weld County District Court to be advised of his rights after receiving his charges while in Weld County Jail on Monday.

Watts is charged with three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of first-degree murder — victim under 12 /position of trust, one count of first-degree unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Watts admitted to killing his wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, according to an arrest affidavit. However, he pointed the finger at his wife for the deaths of his two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

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

One of Shanann’s friends reported the three missing on Aug. 13 when Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant with a son, missed a medical appointment.

The three were later found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Company, Christopher’s employer up until he was arrested on Aug. 15. The two girls were placed in an oil tank and Shanann was buried nearby.

According to the affidavit, Christopher told police that he dumped all three bodies after killing Shanann.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com or twitter.com/madelinestamour

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