In News by Naijatweet Staff on the 06th, November, 2018

Chris Watts Makes Plea Deal in Murders of Wife, Daughters

Chris Watts Makes Plea Deal in Murders of Wife, Daughters

In a bombshell turn of events Tuesday, authorities announced that accused triple murderer Chris Watts had reached a plea deal in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their young children, according to multiple news reports.

Watts, 33, was arrested on Aug. 15 and charged with murdering his wife of nearly six years, 34-year-old Shan’ann Watts, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

Shan’ann was 15 weeks pregnant with a son at the time and her family said she planned to name Nico Lee.

Chris has been held in custody in the Weld County Jail since his arrest.

He was previously scheduled to appear for a status conference in his case on Nov. 19, but the court date was moved to Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement last week.

Prosecutors did not say why the court date was moved.

Tuesday marked Chris’ last appearance in court before his arraignment, where he will enter a plea of guilt or innocence.

Chris waived his right to a preliminary hearing at an earlier court appearance.

Shan’ann and her girls vanished after she returned home from a business trip in the early hours of Aug. 13.

In the ensuing days, Chris made a televised plea for their safe return, raising suspicions with his calm demeanor.

During police questioning, Chris allegedly said he would “tell the truth” after investigators told him they found out he was having an affair with a co-worker, according to an affidavit supporting his arrest that was unsealed in late August.

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Chris then admitted he killed Shan’ann after allegedly flying “into a rage” when he saw her strangling one of their daughters via a baby monitor after he had told her he wanted a separation, according to an affidavit supporting his arrest that was unsealed in late August.

The bodies of Shan’ann and her girls were found the day after his arrest on an oil site owned by the company where he was working and from where he has since been fired.

He allegedly buried Shan’ann in a shallow grave and hid his daughters’ bodies in oil tanks, where they stayed for roughly four days.

Those who knew the couple said they seemed happy until recently. One friend told ABC News that Chris had grown distant: “He wasn’t being the loving Chris that he normally was. He wasn’t touching or hugging or doing stuff like that.”

But family was everything to Shan’ann.

“That’s all she talked about,” Kris Landon tells PEOPLE. “She talked about her girls as miracles, because she had some health problems and didn’t know if she’d have kids. But she really embraced motherhood, and I thought she embraced her marriage, too. They seemed like partners. Amazing partners.”

Chris was previously on suicide watch in jail. A source who had contact with him told PEOPLE that he was despondent and mourning his family.

According to the same source, Chris’ demeanor has changed dramatically in previous weeks. “He’s been more active,” the source says. “He doesn’t sleep all day away. He’s actively taking part in his own defense. He reads a lot, and has contact with his attorneys.”

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“He’s actually very energized now,” the source continues. “He’s willing to confront reality now, and to decide what his best move is. He’s still sad, but there’s an anger there; he still feels like people don’t really know what happened, and it’s frustrating to him.”

“But he’s able to look at things logically now, and make the right decisions for himself. He’s turned a corner.”

This is a developing news story. Please return for updates.

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