Christopher Watts Pleads Guilty to Murder of Wife and Daughters
Christopher Watts pleaded guilty to the murder of his pregnant wife and two young daughters today in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table.
Watts, 33, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and two counts of first-degree murder of a victim under the age of 12 in the deaths of his wife Shanann and two daughters Celeste and Bella in August, according to a news release from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.
Watts also pleaded guilty to unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
The news release stated the plea deal was made with the agreement of the victims’ family. In exchange for pleading guilty to all nine charges, prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty.
The first-degree murder counts still carry a life sentence in prison.
This story will be updated.
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