Colorado dad charged with killing pregnant wife and girls

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It came the same day prosecutors charged 33-year-old Christopher Watts with murder in the deaths of his wife and their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

Chris Watt made an extraordinary accusation to police when he reportedly confessed that he murdered his pregnant wife Shannan Watt.

Watts, 33, was formally charged on Monday with five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

Watts, who was arrested last week, is being held without bond, with his next court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors have said they would ask a court to unseal the warrant for Christopher Watts' arrest after filing charges.

The documents also said that the defense asked for an order that law enforcement preserve all notes related to the case claiming that "it is the practice of law enforcement to destroy their notes".

In the case's arrest affidavit, details of a police interview with Chris Watts present a his version of the events that led to the family members' deaths.

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In an interview with a local news station Tuesday - after his family disappeared but before his arrest - Chris Watts also said his wife got home around 2 a.m.

In the affidavit, Watts Before Rourke announced the charges against Watts, Shanann's father Frank Rzucek spoke at the news conference, thanking the Frederick police department and the community for their hard work and support during the investigation.

Chris and Shanann Watts detailed their life on social media.

He looked at the baby monitor in their bedroom and what he saw threw him "into a rage": His older daughter, Bella, 4, was "sprawled out on her bed", and Shannon Watts was strangling their younger daughter Celeste, 3, he said.

"She went inside, turned around and waved at me and shut the door", Atkinson said.

Watts has been held without bail since his arrest Wednesday.

He said "he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death", the affidavit says.

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The bodies of Watts' wife and children were recovered Thursday.

He told police that he loaded all three bodies into his work truck and he buried his wife at an oil work site and dumped his daughters inside oil tanks. The bodies of the girls were found inside tanks of crude oil.

The judge denied the motion and said he would not tell the medical examiner's office how to do its job, KMGH-TV reported. Atkinson said she then contacted police.

Mr Watts told police "it was a civil conversation and they were not arguing but were emotional".

As stunned friends and neighbors ask how the story of a couple that seemed so picture flawless could end so tragically, bankruptcy filings reveal a family that had struggled financially. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant. "I just want them back".

Watts also allegedly told the officer that his wife had told him she and the girls would be going to a friend's house later in the day.

The bodies were found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, one of Colorado's largest oil and gas drillers, where Watts had worked as an operator.

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