Chris Watts: Dad admits to killing family to avoid death penalty

Dad accused of killing wife, kids pleads guilty to gruesome murders

Christopher Watts, the Frederick man accused of killing his wife and young daughters, pleaded guilty to murder, the judge said on Tuesday.

He entered his plea Tuesday during a court hearing, replying "guilty" nine times in response to Judge Marcelo Kopcow's reading of each charge against him in the deaths of Shanann Watts, 34, and their children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

Shanann Watts, Bella and Celeste were first reported missing on August 13 by one of Shanann Watts' friends.

Shanann Watts, center, and her children are seen in this photo posted to Facebook.

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.

After visiting Shanann Watts' family in North Carolina and speaking with other prosecutors in Colorado, Rourke said he made the decision not to pursue the death penalty.

"He deserves a life sentence for each and every act", Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said.

"I know that will never be fully realized because, obviously, the tragedy that sits before us today is the loss of four handsome lives".

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 19. Rourke told reporters that authorities have what he called a partial motive, and said he would offer more thoughts after Watts is sentenced.

Christopher Watts reached the plea deal Tuesday afternoon, CBS Denver reports.

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The family was supportive about not seeking the death penalty, he said.

It's alleged he drove their bodies to an oil site, and police said the girls' bodies were found in an oil tank while his wife's body was found in a shallow grave.

"We talked a lot about whether we would require [Chris] to come forward and give us what we hope to be a complete, accurate and truthful statement", Rourke continued.

Watts pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife and daughters and allegations that he killed the girls while in a position of trust.

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.

Within days, Watts was arrested and the bodies of his wife and children were recovered.

"The spotlight he tried to shine on Shanann, falsely, incorrectly.is now shined correctly on him", Rourke said.

Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases.

Under Colorado law, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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