Plea deal struck in shocking family murderPosted: Updated:
The Colorado man who was accused of murdering his pregnant wife and their two young children has made a plea deal.
Chris Watts appeared in a Colorado court on Tuesday, and pleaded guilty to all nine counts he was originally charged with in August.
The plea deal is seen as an attempt to spare Watts from facing the death penalty. Watts will now face a judge in November for sentencing, but the plea agreement for each of his murder charges will put him behind bars for the rest of his life. "When something so horrible happens, it's really not possible to be particularly celebratory," says John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
According to arrest papers, Watts was having an affair when he killed his family, dumping their bodies on a property belonging to an oil company. His 34-year old wife Shan’ann, who was 15 weeks pregnant at the time of the murder, was found buried in a shallow grave. His daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were found stuffed into oil barrels.
The motive for the killings has yet to be fully explained. "We believe that we have a partial motive. I'm not sure if it's the entirety of the motive, but I'll be happy to comment on that following his sentence," says Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke.