Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Colorado man pleads guilty to killing pregnant wife, kids

Colorado man pleads guilty to killing pregnant wife, kids

A DAD has finally pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and two young children to avoid the death penalty. His plea includes the unlawful termination of pregnancy for the death of his unborn son, Nico.

The plea deal was approved by Shanann's family who told the district attorney they did not want to end his life as he did their daughter's and grandchildren's.

Christopher Watts is in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in Greeley, Colorado.

He could be heard sniffing and trembled each time he said "guilty" in response to each charge read against him by the judge. He's accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters.

Mr Rourke said he flew to North Carolina a few weeks ago to discuss the possible agreement with relatives of Shannan Watts and they signed off on removing the death penalty option. A judge set an execution date for him in 2013, but Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a temporary reprieve to postpone his execution. Watts has claimed Shanann had killed one daughter and was actively trying to kill the other when he attacked her in an act of passion, CBS Denver reported.

'That to me was the most important consideration in deciding how to proceed in this a case.

Rourke added that a factor in the decision was the impending gubernatorial election which could determine whether or not a governor would even enforce the death penalty if it applied.

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The Rzucek family watched from a row of chairs, holding hands, as Rourke spoke to reporters but did not speak.

Watts now awaits sentencing on 19 November.

Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases. Police have said Watts then drove their bodies to an oil site owned by his former employer. The two girls were submerged in oil tanks, and Shanann Watts was in a shallow grave nearby.

Watts killed wife Shanann, 34, along with their daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, on either August 12 or 13.

Watts told detectives he was having an affair, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, and that he had loaded the bodies of his wife and daughters into his work truck and taken them to an oil field.

Rourke said Tuesday that investigators never believed that Watts was being entirely truthful. "The spotlight shines directly where it belongs - on him", Rourke said.

Colorado law requires that a first-degree murder conviction brings a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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