CBI: Chris Watts provides more details about murders of wife, two daughters
February 28, 2019
Chris Watts has provided to law enforcement additional details about the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann, 34, and two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, according to an announcement Thursday by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
On Feb. 18, an interview took place between Watts and investigators with CBI, FBI, and the Frederick Police Department. Thursday’s release does not say where the interview took place, nor does it provide specific details about the interview.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation possesses documentation, including a written report and audio file from its interview with Watts. The information will be released to the public March 7.
Watts pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to three counts of first-degree murder after deliberation, two counts of first-degree murder of a child under the age of 12 and by a person in a position of trust, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
Although he pleaded guilty, Watts never provided a true account about how or why he carried out the murders. Sources close to the investigation say Watts has finally confessed those details.
Watts was sentenced Nov. 19 by Weld District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow to five life terms in prison. Three of those life terms were set to run consecutively, representing one for each of the victims. The two other life terms were ordered to run concurrent. Watts also received a 48-year concurrent sentence on the unlawful termination of a pregnancy charge, which represented Watts and Shanann's unborn son, Nico, as well as a total of 36 years for the three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
— Joe Moylan covers crime and public safety for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at email@example.com, (970) 392-4467 or on Twitter @JoeMoylan.