Monday, August 27, 2018

Mug Shot Monday (continued)

The Colorado man accused of murdering his entire family told police that his pregnant wife is actually the one who killed their two young daughters — and he simply strangled her after finding out. 

Christopher Watts, 33, said he “went into a rage” and took his wife Shanann’s life after finding their oldest daughter “sprawled” out on her bed “and blue,” according to the arrest affidavit.

Watching from a baby monitor, Watts told police that he saw Shanann “actively strangling” their other daughter, Celeste, just moments before setting upon her. He claimed that the children, ages 3 and 4, were both dead already by the time he got to his wife.
“[Watts] said he loaded all three bodies onto the back seat of his work truck and took them to an oil work site,” the affidavit states. “[Watts] said he buried Shanann near two oil tanks and dumped the girls inside the oils tanks.”

The North Carolina native — who was living in Frederick, Colorado — was arrested last week and formally charged on Monday with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of murdering a child, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased body. He remains held without bail.
According to the affidavit, Watts had been looking to leave his wife and was discussing it with her.

A two-day investigation revealed he was “actively involved in an affair with a co-worker” — and wanting to file for a separation. Watts told cops that he informed Shanann about his plans right before she strangled their two kids. However, he denied having the affair.
Watts, at first, claimed during police interviews that he and his wife discussed the possibility of getting a separation, and everything was fine.

“[Watts] stated it was a civil conversation and they were not arguing but were emotional,” the affidavit says.
He wound up changing his story, however, on the second interview after being allowed to speak with his father.

“[Watts] stated after he told Shanann he wanted a separation he walked downstairs for a moment and then returned to his bedroom to speak with Shanann again,” the affidavit says. “While in the bedroom, via baby monitor located on Shanann’s night stand, he observed Bella ‘sprawled’ out on her bed and blue and Shanann actively strangling Celeste.”
Watts later identified the three locations where he hid the bodies and was placed under arrest on Wednesday night. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday. (Via NYP)